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3/4 Cubs notebook

Even though the Cubs will be at home Saturday and Sunday at HoHoKam Park, they will use a designated hitter because the visiting clubs requested it.

“It’s good for us in a way because we can get [Xavier] Nady in there and get him some at-bats,” Lou Piniella said of the outfielder, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Nady was expected to start at DH either Saturday or Sunday. Alfonso Soriano was expected to start in left field on Saturday.

* Kevin Millar will likely play first base and left field this spring for the Cubs.

* David Patton, the Cubs’ Rule 5 pick a year ago, will most likely start at Double-A Tennessee this year.

“That’s been the scuttlebutt as to where he’ll end up,” Piniella said of the right-hander. “Remember this kid was out of [Class A] ball. Basically the whole time he was here, we were a first place team or battling for first place. It wasn’t easy on him. He made it through the whole summer and now we have him in our system.”

* Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe showed up Thursday.

“I heard you were looking for a veteran starting pitcher,” Sutcliffe said to Piniella. “Where’s [Greg] Maddux at?”

Maddux actually has returned home, but will rejoin the Cubs after their trip to Las Vegas on March 13.

— Carrie Muskat

12/7 Koyie Hill got his wish

Koyie Hill’s Big Wish event Saturday in Wichita, Kan., was a huge success, and the Make-A-Wish foundation estimates they raised between $180,000 to $210,000. Cubs players who attended included Ryan Dempster, Mike Fontenot, Randy Wells and Rick Sutcliffe. Thanks to all who participated.

— Carrie Muskat

4/13 Opening notes

There was a moment of silence before Monday’s Cubs-Rockies game in honor of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas. Kalas died Monday prior to the Phillies game against the Nationals. WGN Radio’s Pat Hughes was saddened at Kalas’ passing.

“I just loved the guy,” Hughes said. “He was somebody I admired as a young man growing up trying to get into the business. I was struck by his voice and how clear and strong it was. Then I realized beyond that, he was really a great announcer. He knew what he was talking about.

“He could build the drama in a game,” Hughes said. “I loved his call of Mike Schmidt’s 500th home run. I loved hearing him do the voiceovers on NFL Films. It was a voice I never got tired of hearing. Everytime I heard it, it sounded fresh and vibrant and good.”

* Rick Sutcliffe threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his former catcher, Jody Davis, who is now a Minor League instructor for the Cubs.

* Milton Bradley, sidelined with a strained right groin, did not take part in the player introductions for the home opener.

— Carrie Muskat

Money, money, money

USA Today’s annual baseball salary issue listed the Cubs’ 2009 payroll at $134,809,000, third highest among Major League teams behind the two New York clubs, Yankees and Mets. Carlos Zambrano is the highest paid Cubs player at $18.75 million, and ninth among all active players.

How far have players come? In 1989, Rick Sutcliffe was the highest paid Cubs player at $2.34 million, which ranked sixth overall in MLB. The Cubs currently have 12 players on their 25-man roster who make more than Sut did then.

— Carrie Muskat

Big red head

Rick Sutcliffe made sure the Cubs’ coaching staff and manager Lou Piniella each had a celebratory beer after Thursday’s game. Sutcliffe was the honorary manager for the Cubs’ 7-4 win over the Brewers at HoHoKam Park.

“A year ago, I had a colonoscopy and found out I had cancer,” Sutcliffe said. “Today, I managed the Cubs.”

Sutcliffe was taking all the credit for the win, but wanted nothing to do with Milton Bradley having to leave in the first with tightness in his quad.

“I just wanted to give him an at-bat,” Sutcliffe said of Bradley. “If there’s anything wrong with him, I’ll be blamed for that.”

The Cubs’ lineup wasn’t exactly loaded with regulars. Aramis Ramirez was the only carryover from the 2008 team.

“I don’t know if you noticed but the lineup had more guys with numbers over 60 than under 60,” Sutcliffe said. “I don’t know if [Ryne] Sandberg could’ve won with that lineup. We found a way to motivate them, didn’t we, Skip?”

Actually, there was only one starter with a number over 60 and that was No. 65, Darwin Barney. He had a hit. Jake Fox helped Sutcliffe, hitting a three-run homer.

“That was your pick to click, wasn’t it?” Piniella said of Fox.

Thursday was Sutcliffe’s last day, which is appropriate since the big redhead never pitched an away game when he played for the Cubs. Friday, the team travels to Surprise.

“We enjoy having him in camp,” Piniella said. “It’s going to be a little more quiet here tomorrow.”

— Carrie Muskat


Old days

It was great to see Rick Sutcliffe in uniform and on the field Friday. He’s approaching the one-year anniversary of when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. The former Cubs pitcher has beaten it, and encouraged people to get tested. “Early detection saved my life,” Sutcliffe said. Check out the story to be posted on the Cubs site.

— Carrie Muskat