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3/3 Cubs lineup vs Rangers

Here’s Thursday’s lineup vs the Rangers at HoHoKam Park:

2B DeWitt
RF Colvin
CF Byrd
3B Ramirez
1B Pena
LF Soriano
C Soto
SS Ojeda
P Zambrano

Looking ahead to Friday’s game in Surprise vs. the Royals, Tyler Colvin will get his first start at first base, Brett Jackson will start in center field, and Scott Moore start at third. Matt Garza will also make his first Cactus League start, second appearance for the Cubs.

– Carrie Muskat

3/1 Cubs notebook

Tyler Colvin will make his first spring start at first base Friday when the Cubs travel to Surprise to face the Royals. Colvin has played outfield in games so far but the team wants to see if he can sub there.

* Outfielder Fernando Perez was sidelined with a bruised left shoulder injured during a diving catch on Monday. Lou Montanez will get more playing time while Perez heals. The concern was that Perez had hurt his left wrist, which required surgery in March 2009.

* Looking ahead, Carlos Silva will start Wednesday vs. the Brewers, Carlos Zambrano get his second start Thursday against the Rangers, and Matt Garza get his first start and second appearance on Friday vs. the Royals.

* The Cubs have made six errors in their first two games but manager Mike Quade hasn’t ordered extra drills.

“Whenever you make mistakes, there’s a concern,” Quade said. “The first week of the season, I’ll look at positives. Whether we win or lose, it is about the process. You hate losing but I looked at all the names I had down there that I was pleased with, whether it was at-bats or pitching or defense, in spite of the errors we made, and I left with a smile and that’s the main thing. When you start losing a lot of games because we’re sloppy from start to finish or our key guys aren’t swinging the bats, I’d be more alarmed.”

* Angel Guzman is on schedule to throw a live BP session on Wednesday. He underwent shoulder surgery one year ago.

“Miracles can happen,” Quade said of the right-hander, whose career has been interrupted by elbow and shoulder injuries. “Let’s see if he can’t get healthy and get back throwing the way he did.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/28 Cubs early notes

Here’s the lineup for Monday’s game vs. a split-squad Brewers team at HoHoKam Park:

CF Reed Johnson
SS Darwin Barney
RF Tyler Colvin
LF Alfonso Soriano
1B Carlos Pena
2B Jeff Baker
3B Marquez Smith
C Koyie Hill
P Randy Wells

Also slated to pitch are Andrew Cashner, Sean Marshall and Kerry Wood.

* If manager Mike Quade has his way, the Cubs won’t make any roster cuts until the off day, March 16. The team has four split squad days coming up, including March 6, March 12-13, and March 15. The first full squad workout for the Cubs’ Minor Leaguers will be March 10, with the first games there March 19.

* Asked if he would ever consider inserting his pitcher into a spot in the lineup other than ninth, Quade said no, although added, “you never say never.” He feels the worst hitter bats ninth. Just don’t tell Carlos Zambrano he said that.

* Colvin will also get a start in left field this week as well as first base. Colvin made two errors in Sunday’s game. Quade talked to outfield coach Bob Dernier about the miscues.

“Mistakes happen,” Quade said. “What concerns me are patterns. You make a mistake, address it and move on. If you make the same mistake over and over, then we’ll have an issue. It’s OK to make a mistake, but if it becomes repeated mistakes, I’m concerned. It was Game One yesterday, did we get sloppy? Absolutely. Did it make me mad? Yeah, it did. In a few weeks, I would probably have a different approach. Colvin established himself enough to me last year to deserve a little time.”

* Angel Guzman threw 30 pitches in a side session Sunday and is on schedule to face hitters in a live BP session Wednesday. Guzman is coming back from right shoulder surgery one year ago.

– Carrie Muskat

2/27 Colvin to start at 1B this week

Tyler Colvin will start at first base later this week, either Thursday or Friday, manager Mike Quade said Sunday. Quade talked to Colvin about getting him a start. “It’ll happen this week for sure,” Quade said. And Colvin’s response? “He [says], ‘Great — yeah, let’s go,’” Quade said. The Cubs want to see if Colvin can play first as well as the outfield to give them a backup for Carlos Pena.

– Carrie Muskat

2/26 Colvin hopes to avoid foolish mistakes

Tyler Colvin has been asking a lot of questions this spring. Colvin, whom the Cubs want to see play first base as well as outfield, has been spending a lot of time on infield drills.

“This is something I enjoy,” Colvin said Saturday. “I really do like taking ground balls. I’m used to this because it’s exactly what I had to do at Clemson.”

Manager Mike Quade has asked Colvin if he’s comfortable at first to make sure the transition is smooth. On Sunday in the first Cactus League game, Colvin will sub in right field. So far, Colvin said everything has been great.

He can take grounders forever but is working on being prepared for game situations. For example, if there’s a man on second base and the ball is hit up the middle and Colvin is at first, he can’t just stand there and watch.

“I have to remember, I’m the cutoff man and I have to get out there,” Colvin said. “It’s little stuff like that that worried me last year. You’re fine taking ground balls but once you get in the game, you hve to do a lot more than just catch the ball. You don’t want to look like a fool out there.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/23 Pena speaks up

Carlos Pena may be the new guy in Cubs camp but he made a point of stepping up to talk to the players during defensive drills on Wednesday. The topic was who has priority over certain pop ups and fly balls, and Pena wanted to point out that there are certain areas on the field where it is only one person’s responsibility. For example, Pena is in charge of the area to his left, a triangle, if you will, from him to the pitcher to the catcher. He asked manager Mike Quade if he could say something during the workout.

“He’s like, ‘Do you mind if I say something?’ and I said, ‘No — great,’” Quade said. “It’s a group effort in so many ways. Also, people in other organizations have heard other instructors say different things. Any input seems to make sense to bring up.”

Pena is helping Tyler Colvin learn first. Now, he’s trying to help the team.

“I’m happy he felt comfortable in making the point,” Quade said.

– Carrie Muskat

2/22 Cubs notebook

Even though Cactus League games have yet to begin, the Cubs roster is nearly set. Manager Mike Quade does need to find one extra infielder and one extra outfielder for the bench. The extra infielder has to be able to backup at short, and Darwin Barney and Augie Ojeda are among the candidates. Reed Johnson, Fernando Perez and Brad Snyder are among the players they’ll look at for the extra outfielder job. Perez, listed as a right-handed hitter, will try switch-hitting this spring.

“Sometimes that works itself out and sometimes it doesn’t and it becomes a brutally tough decision,” Quade said Tuesday about filling the roster spots. “A lot of the people involved in this, we need to see play. This will be something [decided] at the end of camp that will be tough.”

* Tyler Colvin will continue to work both in the outfield and at first base this spring. “He can invest the time at first base to try to be as good as he can there without losing what I’d be concerned about in the outfield,” Quade said of Colvin, who will play at least once a week if not more at first this spring.

* Carlos Pena has been bothered by chest congestion, but has been able to do the workouts.

* The Cubs and WRTO 1200 AM extended their agreement to broadcast an expanded number of games in Spanish. This year, WRTO 1200 AM will broadcast 43 games after doing 35 games last season. The station’s first broadcast will be April 3 against the Pirates.

* Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood and Matt Garza are scheduled to throw live batting practice on Wednesday. Zambrano and Garza will pitch Sunday in the Cactus League opener.

* Someone on the Cubs pointed out to Quade that bullpen catcher Edgar Tovar’s 2010 jersey was being auctioned off for $400 while the manager’s jersey was available for $350. The price difference was posted on a piece of paper with the headline, “Who says Qaude doesn’t get any respect?” The typo of the manager’s name was on purpose. Quade received a package from Chicago with the error.

– Carrie Muskat

2/21 Cubs notebook

* Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza will both pitch in the Cubs’ Cactus League opener Sunday against the Athletics. Ryan Dempster will start the regular season opener April 1 at Wrigley Field.

* Mike Quade talked to Tyler Colvin to make sure he’s comfortable at first base. Colvin has been doing drills there as well as working out with the outfielders. Said Quade: “What I physically see is great.” Expect to see Colvin starting at first about one week into Cactus League games.

*  Todd Wellemeyer will be looked at as both a starter and reliever, but most likely would make the Cubs’ roster as a reliever.

* Kerry Wood was back on the mound at Fitch Park, throwing to hitters. Said Quade: “He’s a favorite son here, so it’s always kind of special.”

* Reed Johnson was plunked on the elbow by Carlos Marmol during Sunday’s live BP session. Scott Rice had a tougher assignment. The left-hander had to face Quade in the batter’s box. Rice was one of the last to throw and all the hitters needed to go to coach Rudy Jaramillo’s meeting.

“This poor kid is left with nobody,” Quade said of Rice. “So, I grab a bat and I’ll get in there, let’s go. I’m in there for half a dozen pitches before I realize, this poor kid. First day on the mound against hitters, new organization, new manager, and I’m standing in there. He was doing fine. It didn’t dawn on me until [coach] Marty Mason said, ‘Fastball in, get the ball in.’ They gave me a heads up in case I want to bail, and the ball is left out over the middle of the plate.”

At that point, Quade told coaching instructor Marty Peavy to stand in.

“[I said], ‘He won’t care if he hits you,’” Quade said.

What was Rice thinking?

“I wanted to get it in there but the last thing I want to do is hit the manager,” Rice said. “I guess that’s the kind of pressure you’ll feel in games. You have to go in and do it and not think about who’s in there and make your pitch.”

Rice did admit it was in the back of his mind that it wasn’t just another hitter but the manager. What if he had hit him?

“It would’ve been funny for everyone else,” Rice said.

– Carrie Muskat

2/19 Off and running

Cubs manager Mike Quade put the team right to work on Saturday, the first full squad workout day at Fitch Park. One of the items on the agenda was bunt drills, and Quade was acting as the base runner, breaking from second base, as the infielders worked on positioning and signals. It also was good to see Carlos Pena tutoring Tyler Colvin at first. Colvin isn’t afraid to ask questions, and Pena, who won a Gold Glove in 2008, is offering advice. High winds made it a little tricky, creating mini dust storms on the infields.

– Carrie Muskat

2/16 Cubs to break camp with 12 pitchers

The Cubs will carry 12 pitchers when they break camp, and manager Mike Quade is hoping to find players versatile enough to be stretched out and sub in long relief if needed. One candidate could be Jeff Samardzija, who is out of options. He’s been used both in relief and as a starter.

“My sense is we have plenty of those guys in this competition who would be flexible enough to either be in the rotation or be that long guy,” Quade said.

Youngsters like Trey McNutt, Chris Carpenter and Jay Jackson will get a good look this spring but Quade said it’s more to see if they can be used down the road.

“Let them jump up and have a [Tyler] Colvin spring and take me from that viewpoint to my goodness,” Quade said of the youngsters. “With younger pitchers, I think you first look at how do they handle themselves poise-wise, in front of the manager, here’s their first Spring Training, in Trey’s case for sure.

“There’s a lot of the mental side of it,” Quade said. “Then you watch command. You factor in that they’re pitching in Arizona and if there was ever a tougher place to compete for a pitcher, I don’t know where it’s at, except maybe Colorado Springs or Denver.”

– Carrie Muskat

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