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* Scott Feldman, bothered by tightness in his back, will take advantage of Monday’s off day and be skipped one turn in the Cubs rotation. Feldman was originally scheduled to start Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers, in the second game of an Interleague series, but now will not start until Saturday when the Cubs are playing the Brewers at Miller Park. The Cubs’ rotation against the Rangers now will be Travis Wood, Carlos Villanueva and Jeff Samardzija.
* Second baseman Darwin Barney flew to Des Moines on Saturday to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Barney, out since March 30 with a left knee laceration, was expected to play Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the Triple-A Iowa team, and rejoin the Cubs on Tuesday. Barney was injured sliding into the right field wall at Minute Maid Park on March 30.
* Third baseman Ian Stewart was headed to Iowa on Saturday and will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday. He did not play in any Cactus League games because of a strained left quad, injured in the first intrasquad game Feb. 21.
* Scott Baker, still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, which he had one year ago, was in Chicago to be re-examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker has been training at the Cubs’ facility in Mesa, Ariz. There’s no timetable for his return.
* Steve Clevenger could start at third base Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Giants. Clevenger made his first start on Friday, and cleanly handled the balls hit to him. He made the Cubs’ Opening Day roster last year as a backup catcher.
“I’ll put Clevenger at third again [Sunday] and see what happens,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He can swing the bat. He gives you that left-handed bat that changes the way a pitcher pitches and gets pitch count up.”
Clevenger was a middle infielder before he was converted to catcher in the Cubs’ Minor League system.
* Giants manager Bruce Bochy presented Nate Schierholtz with his 2012 World Series ring while San Francisco was taking batting practice on Saturday. Schierholtz came up in the Giants organization, winning a ring in 2010. He was with the Giants until July 31 when he was dealt to the Phillies for Hunter Pence.
* Congrats to Garrett Camp, 5 1/2 year old son of Cubs pitcher Shawn Camp, who scored three goals for his soccer team on Friday in a 4-3 win. Garrett now has seven goals for the season.
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Baker was relieved to find out there was nothing structurally wrong with his right elbow, and all he needs to do is rest and let the muscle strain heal. Baker had an MRI on his elbow after feeling some discomfort following his first and only Cactus League start March 17. He was examined Sunday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.
“It’s always nice to have some clarity when dealing with an injury,” Baker said Monday. “Any type of setback is not fun and there’s never good timing for any sort of setback, but knowing what we’re dealing with helps us deal with it better, obviously. With the type of injury it is, Doc likened it to a scab. You can’t pick at it, you have to let it heal and rest and get back after it after that.”
Baker said he felt great during all of his throwing sessions leading up to the game. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery, and the good news is that he doesn’t need any additional surgery. That was a relief.
“You can tell yourself as much as you want that’s not the case, but until the doctor sits there and shows you you’re fine, it definitely feels good to know the surgery took care of the original problem and this is a little speed bump,” Baker said.
There is no timetable, and Baker said he will be a good patient and do what the medical staff says. He doesn’t go back to zero in his work, but can continue to condition his lower half and core. He’ll work on strengthening his right shoulder, and when it’s ready, strengthen the elbow.
He had hoped to return in mid April, which would have been the one-year anniversary of the procedure.
“It is disappointing in the fact that one, I feel like I’ve sit out enough,” Baker said. “I don’t want to sit out any more than I have to. To sit here and say it’s going to be at least a month more than we originally anticipated, it’s tough. I’ve come this far. I’m not about to give up or give in. I’m just going to continue to try to get ready to pitch at whatever point during the season it is.”
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs pitcher Scott Baker had hoped to pitch in a big league game on the one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery. Instead, he’ll have to delay his return.
Baker, who has been shut down since his only Cactus League start March 17, was examined on Sunday and diagnosed with a strained right elbow. The right-hander will not throw for at least one month, and then be re-evaluated at that point. Baker had the procedure done last April, and had optimistically hoped to be pitching in a Major League game next month.
Cubs orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, who examined Baker on Sunday, also checked on starter Matt Garza, who has not thrown off the mound since Feb. 17 because of a strained left lat. Garza was making progress, and on pace to throw his first bullpen the first week of April.
The Cubs have slotted Travis Wood and Carlos Villanueva into the rotation to fill Baker’s and Garza’s spots. Next in line would be Chris Rusin, who started on Sunday against the Indians.
“We do have the luxury with the depth we have,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday. “It is obviously a setback [with Baker] but it’s not to where he won’t be able to pitch this season.”
Baker had felt some discomfort after throwing 23 pitches against the Athletics, and the good news is that the problem won’t require any additional surgery, which had been the intial fear.
– Carrie Muskat
* Scott Baker was to be examined Sunday by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo. Baker was shut down after his one Cactus League start last Sunday because of discomfort in his right elbow. He’s coming back from Tommy John surgery and expected to open the year on the disabled list.
“I’m happy with the progress it’s made,” Baker said of his elbow. “Obviously, we’re doing something right as far as treatment and the medication is helping and there’s nothing wrong with taking it easy either.”
Baker will likely stay in Mesa for extended Spring Training. Scott Feldman also was expected to stay in Mesa and start March 31 before joining the Cubs, throwing 50 pitches in a game. He will start the Cubs’ fourth game, April 5 in Atlanta.
* The decision for the final spot in the Cubs bullpen may not be determined until the last weekend in Houston. Four relievers are competing, including Hisanori Takahashi, Zach Putnam, Rafael Dolis and Cory Wade. Dolis has been bothered by a blister. There’s no favorite, Sveum said.
“It’s completely undecided now,” Sveum said. “We’ll sit down and weigh all the options and everything, and the teams and durability. All that stuff comes into play.”
* The Cubs are monitoring the waiver wire to see who is available. They’re looking for some backup infield help. Javier Baez was not an option. This spring, Baez batted .389 against left-handed pitchers, but was 7-for-29 (.241) against right-handers.
“He’s so far away from the big leagues, the defense and everything,” Sveum said. “The guy has to develop. I know he hit all the home runs and everything, but he’s still premeditated swinging. He’s got a lot to learn yet. There was never a thought he’d be on this team.”
* Brett Jackson, bothered by soreness in his right shoulder, was able to throw on Friday and took about 20 swings off a batting tee. The Cubs hope he can play in a Cactus League game this week.
* The Cubs have three more games at HoHoKam Stadium. On Friday, officials with the Athletics toured the facility to consider changes for 2015 when Oakland moves in. There will be a new scoreboard and an updated clubhouse. The bleachers in left and right field will be removed, as will the seats. New, wider seats will be installed.
* Dave Sappelt was picked for the Cubs’ 25-man roster because of his ability to play center field. That’s his preferred position.
“I was defensive player of the year two years with the Reds in center,” Sappelt said. “I bounced around when I got here. I don’t have a problem with it. The corners are easy. You can make a lot of good, cool plays. Center is kind of wide open, you can catch them standing up; the corners you can dive, run into the wall.”
Sappelt’s nickname is “Mighty Mite,” and he got that from Dusty Baker.
“Whatever I’m listed at, I’m probably not that height, and I can probably hit the ball pretty far,” said the 5-foot-9 Sappelt.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs pitcher Scott Baker’s throwing program has been suspended indefinitely. Baker felt some discomfort in his right elbow after his first Cactus League start on Sunday, and underwent an MRI on Monday. The results of the test were not released, and Baker was to be examined by team orthopedic specialist Dr. Stephen Gryzlo this weekend. There’s no timetable for Baker’s return and the extent of the injury is not known. Baker had Tommy John surgery last April, and the Cubs had hoped he would be ready by mid April this year.
“Right now, I’m chosing to be optimistic and hope for the best,” Baker said Tuesday. “Obviously, any setback of any sort is not something you like to hear but I think we’ll know more when Dr. Gryzlo gets down here and he can do a physical exam. MRIs are great and everything but you treat the patient, you don’t treat the MRI.”
On Sunday, Baker threw 23 pitches.
“It’s more disappointing for him, for a guy who’s worked that hard and did everything and really did nothing to warrant something like this, being shutdown,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Hopefully, it’s not that big a deal and he can continue. It’s just a wait and see thing now.”
This is the first setback Baker has had in his rehab.
“From talking to guys, it’s fairly uncommon not to have any setbacks,” Baker said. “Thus far I haven’t had any up until now. Is there ever a good time for a setback? Absolutely not. It is pretty common, but at the same time, it’s not fun.”
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs pitcher Scott Baker, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, had an MRI on his right elbow Monday because he felt some soreness after his first Cactus League start. Baker was scheduled to pitch two innings Sunday but was pulled after facing six batters in the first. He gave up three runs on three hits, including a three-run homer by Oakland’s Chris Young, and two walks in one-third of an inning.
“He came in today kind of sore in the [elbow] so we’re going to do an MRI today,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Monday. “[Tuesday] morning, he could come in with no symptoms at all, and it [could've been] normal type feeling that other people get who didn’t have Tommy John surgery.”
Baker was starting his first game since Sept. 24, 2011. He missed all of the 2012 season. The Cubs were targeting a return of mid April for the right-hander, which would be the one-year anniversary of his surgery.
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Baker was scheduled to pitch two innings on Sunday but was pulled after reaching his pitch count in the first. He faced six batters, and gave up three runs on three hits and two walks in one-third of an inning as the Cubs faced the Athletics in Phoenix. This was Baker’s first spring start, and first game since Sept. 24, 2011, when he started for the Twins against the Indians. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery last April, and missed all of 2012. He was not expected to be ready for the regular season until mid to late April.
“Results are one thing, but getting back out there and pitching in front of fans was something I haven’t done yet, so it’s exciting to get out there and do that today,” Baker told reporters in Phoenix after his first spring start against the Athletics.
How did it go?
“I felt like I made some decent pitches,” Baker said. “Occasionally I got a little jumpy and left the ball up a little bit. I was happy to be out there. It’s another step. You go back and work on the things that, regardless of whether you had surgery or not, you work on those things mechanically and just go get them next time.”
As of now, Baker will start every fifth day, which will give him at least two more starts in Arizona before the Cubs break camp. He could then stay in extended Spring Training. What was encouraging to Baker on Sunday was that he could throw all of his pitches.
“Did I locate as well as I would like to? No,” Baker said. “That’s still part of the process, also. It’s another step. The results weren’t there. Physically, I did everything I could to prepare for this outing, and that’s going to continue to be the case. As long as I continue to progress and build the pitch count up, we’re still shooting for that mid-April time frame.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Scott Baker, coming back from Tommy John surgery, will make his first Cactus League start Sunday for the Cubs against the Athletics at HoHoKam Stadium. Baker tuned up by throwing two innings in a Minor League game Tuesday at Fitch Park. Cubs manager Dale Sveum watched the workout and said Baker’s velocity improved in his second inning, and he was throwing his breaking ball as well. If all goes well, Baker could be ready for the regular season by mid April.
* Both Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters were scheduled to run the bases on Wednesday, and if all goes well, they could get into a game on Thursday. Stewart and Vitters both have been sidelined with sore left quads, injured Feb. 21 in an intrasquad game. Whether they will play in a Minor League game or a Cactus League game was to be determined.
* Matt Garza was to play catch on Wednesday, and continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained left lat. Garza was not expected to be ready for the regular season until early May.
* Jeff Samardzija and Carlos Villanueva will start Saturday and Sunday for the Cubs in split squad games in Las Vegas against the Rangers. Hisanori Takahashi will start Saturday in Mesa against the Royals, while Baker will start Sunday.
– Carrie Muskat
Scott Baker threw two innings in a game in the Cubs’ Minor League camp at Fitch Park on Tuesday, and all went well. Carlos Villanueva also got his work in at Fitch, throwing three innings in a game, and totaling 76 pitches for the day. Baker is coming back from Tommy John surgery, and if he recovers from Tuesday’s outing, the next step could be a Cactus League game.
– Carrie Muskat
* If Thursday was Opening Day, Starlin Castro would be in the Cubs lineup, but because it’s early March, the shortstop is still rehabbing. Castro has been sidelined since Feb. 27 with a tight hamstring. He could return Monday, or the team may take advantage of Tuesday’s off day and give the shortstop one more day before having him play Wednesday.
“If it was Opening Day, he’d be playing,” Sveum said. “I don’t think he has to worry about his job.”
Castro was able to take batting practice and also take part in the bunting tournament. More on that below.
Brent Lillibridge, who injured his groin on Feb. 27, also was projected to return to the lineup either Monday or Wednesday.
* Scott Baker threw a two inning simulated game on a back field at HoHoKam Stadium Thursday and the Cubs were encouraged by the velocity of his pitches. The next step will be to pitch in a Minor League game next week. If all goes well, the right-hander, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, would then make his first Cactus League appearance.
“He got up to 89 miles an hour today in the second inning and let it go today a lot more,” Sveum said of Baker. “He felt good, finished good. It all went really well, especially the second inning when he cranked it up a little bit.”
* Rule 5 Draft pick Hector Rondon continues to impress. He gave up one hit and struck out one on Wednesday against the Rangers. He has given up two hits over four innings in four outings this spring.
“His fastball was OK, but it was impressive how he snapped off the breaking balls that he’s been working on,” Sveum said. “It wasn’t really in his tool box coming into spring and [pitching coach Chris Bosio] has been working on a little bit better breaking ball. [Rondon] pulled them off in some key spots.”
* Some of the Cubs played a doubleheader on Thursday, appearing in both the early “B” game and the regular Cactus League game against the Rangers. Sveum called it a learning experience for some of the young players, who saw some big league pitching most of the day, and saw quite a variety of arm action, including some sidearm delivery.
“They got a little taste of everything to understand what 162 games of Major League pitching is all about,” Sveum said. “That’s where you have to evaluate yourself as a player like maybe, ‘Whoa, I might have to adjust some things to hit this kind of pitching 162 days.’”
* The Cubs bunting tournament resumed Thursday with sweet 16 matches between Edwin Jackson and Casey Coleman, and Starlin Castro and defending champ David DeJesus. Jackson narrowly beat Coleman, who won the defending champion among the pitchers last year. DeJesus needed 35 points in the final round to beat Castro, and he got that on his first three bunts, hitting the “20″ mark, then “10,” then “5.” Well done.
* Looking ahead to Friday’s game in Goodyear, Nick Struck will start and be followed by Chris Rusin. It’ll be Struck’s second Cactus League start. He held the Angels to two hits over three innings in his last outing. On Saturday, Brooks Raley and Alberto Cabrera will face the Indians. The Cubs have been strugging to score runs.
“We’re all looking forward to that day when we have [Anthony] Rizzo back and [Starlin] Castro is healthy and you have your core players out there,” Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat