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3/15 Extra bases

* Brett Jackson was scratched from the Cubs lineup for the exhibition game against Team Japan. He’s been bothered this spring by soreness in his throwing shoulder.

“It’s a little more than that [tightness, stiffness] to take himself out of the lineup,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It doesn’t bother him hitting, just pinches when he throws.”

* Junior Lake was assigned to the Cubs’ Minor League camp. He’s out with a fractured rib.

* Carlos Marmol was imitating Dominican Republic closer Fernando Rodney’s pose that he does after saving a game. Rodney pretends as if he’s shooting a bow and arrow. Marmol declined an invite to pitch for the Dominican team in the World Baseball Classic. Rodney is doing OK as the Dominican team is unbeaten.

“He’s doing a great job,” Marmol said.

* Starling Peralta, who was selected by the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft, was returned to the Cubs on Friday. Peralta was 5-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) last season for Class A Peoria, striking out 86 over 99 1/3 inings. That included a 14 strikeout game Aug. 7 against Clinton.

“He’s a good kid and he loved it here,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “He was disappointed he left. We liked him. Couldn’t work a deal out. He really liked it here, he fit in great. Great kid. He’s got a great arm, he’s got a great attitude, he’s got good stuff and it’s quite possible that over time he’ll develop into a pretty nice pitcher. I know he was really disappointed to leave here, he really enjoyed it here.”

* The Cubs’ split squad games continue this weekend. Half the team will be in Las Vegas to play the Rangers, the other half will play host to the Royals on Saturday at HoHoKam Stadium, and travel to Phoenix to play the Athletics on Sunday. Hisanori Takahashi will start Saturday vs. the Royals, and Scott Baker will make his first Cactus League start Sunday against the A’s. In Las Vegas, Jeff Samardzija will start Saturday and Carlos Villanueva on Sunday.

– Carrie Muskat

12/6 Rule 5 Draft update

The Cubs feel Hector Rondon not only is finally healthy but also could be a key part of the bullpen in 2013. The Cubs selected Rondon, who was the Indians’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, with the second pick overall in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday at the Winter Meetings. Rondon, 24, has been limited the last three seasons following right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery on Aug. 25, 2010. He fractured the same joint during winter ball in Venezuela in 2011.

The Cubs have been following him in Venezuela this winter, where he’s pitching for Leones del Caracas and had a 2-1 record and 3.71 ERA in 19 games, all in relief. He has struck out 11 and walked five over 17 innings. Hitters were batting .172 against him this winter. Cubs coach Franklin Font is on the Leones staff in Venezuela, and has filed reports on Rondon, plus the Cubs have sent their scouts to watch the right-hander. All the reports have been good. Rondon led the Indians organization in strikeouts in 2009 with 137 and was fourth in innings pitched. He’s made just 13 appearances in the last three years as he rehabs his elbow.

“He was a really good prospect with the Indians,” GM Jed Hoyer said. “We’ve been watching him in Venezuela this winter and he’s been throwing really, really well. He’s got a great arm and we feel we can capitalize on that he’s healthy now and throwing the ball well.”

* The Cubs also lost four players in the Rule 5 Draft, including right-handed pitcher Starling Peralta, who was taken by the Diamondbacks 14th overall in the Major League portion. Peralta was 5-8 with a 3.44 ERA for Class A Peoria. Among his starts was a strong outing Aug. 7 against Clinton when he struck out 14 over seven innings, giving up one run on two hits.

In the Triple-A phase of the draft, the Astros selected outfielder Michael Burgess with the first pick, the Cardinals took infielder Matt Cerda, and the Blue Jays selected right-handed pitcher Alvido Jimenez.

Burgess was a first-round pick by the Nationals in 2007, and the Cubs acquired him in January 2011 in the Tom Gorzelanny deal. Last season, he batted .259 with 10 home runs, one triple and 22 doubles at Double-A Tennessee.

Cerda played for Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season, and batted a combined .241 in 111 games with three home runs, two triples, 13 doubles and seven stolen bases. He was the Cubs’ fourth-round pick in 2008.

Jimenez was 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 15 games with the Cubs’ Mesa Rookie League team last season.

With the moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 38.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Minor League report

Ty’Relle Harris, subbing for Brooks Raley, picked up his first Triple-A win, giving up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Reno. Harris struck out five. James Adduci drove in three runs, and Dave Sappelt had two hits and two RBIs.

Jake Brigham, making his second start since he was acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, gave up six runs over two-thirds of an inning in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits and one RBIs.

Austin Kirk gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Lakeland. Javier Baez had his first multi-hit game with Daytona, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Kirk won his third straight and now is 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Starling Peralta struck out 14 and gave up two hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Clinton. Peralta ended a personal three-game losing streak with the win. He did not give up a hit until serving up a two-run homer in the sixth. Zeke DeVoss went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his third home run in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Everett. James Pugliese gave up one run over four innings. Gioskar Amaya had two hits, including a triple.

Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in three runs in Mesa’s 6-1 win over the Angels. Albert Almora stole two bases and Jorge Soler drove in a run and stole two bases.

– Carrie Muskat

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