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It's the beginning of spring training, and as you might have guessed, the pitchers are ahead of the hitters. In case you questioned an old baseball axiom, we've got confirmation.

"Very tough," Lou said because the pitchers are ahead of the hitters, as they say. "A few of them migrated and became cagey hitters today. I don't blame them, really. Wait until the pitchers throw on the mound a couple times and start throwing a few more strikes. They got a lot of hitting in, though."

Yes, a few hitters headed toward the batting cages after taking a few jam shots. None of the Cubs' regular pitchers threw live BP today. Got a chance to see the likes of Casey Coleman, James Russell, David Patton, Thomas Diamond, Mike Parisi, Jeff Stevens and others. The big guys should all throw tomorrow.

In case this extract worried you about the state of the hitters of the Chicago National League Ballclub, relax.

"They're working hard," he said. "Guys are in good shape. Even our more veteran players like Derrek Lee and Ramirez, they look wonderful. And they're working hard, getting a lot of hitting in."

Everyone seems healthy and is working hard. But just below the surface, there seems to be a hidden tension, and I do believe that Lou is calling us to arms. Who can blame him? He just wants a real shortstop.

Also, it appears Piniella would have no problem going to phenom Starlin Castro if anything were to happen to shortstop Ryan Theriot.

"I mentioned that if Theriot were to get hurt, which we don't want, obviously, you just put the kid at shortstop at let him play," Piniella said of Castro. "That's in case of an injury to Theriot. We don't want to see that. We want Theriot to play.

"If the kid shows he can handle it and we had an injury at the position, why not? I want to see him in the spring. He played very well last summer, and he had a really good winter ball, and he's a good-looking young guy. If he's ready and somebody gets hurt, why not utilize hit talent? That's all I'm saying. He wouldn't be here as a backup at all."

"I don't want him to get hurt, but if it happens..."

Enough of hurting Theriot, let's return to the bit about the guys working hard. Lou apparently meant to include Carlos Silva in that group.

Last week, Lou Piniella pointed out that pitcher Carlos Silva came to camp not in the best shape.

Wednesday, Piniella said Silva is making progress.

"He's working hard," Piniella said. "I'm going to tell you what. Silva is a hard worker, there's no question about it. He might be a hard eater. I'm only joking. But no, he comes out here and works hard, he really does. I'm very encouraged from what I see."

While we're on the subject of Sweet Lou, let's revisit something discussed in yesterday's thread. Are any of us surprised that Lou doesn't know what Twitter is?

"No, no, no, no, no," Piniella said. "First of all, I don't know how to Twitter. Second of all, I'm not going to learn how to Twitter. I've heard of Facebook. It's on my phone and I see it every once in a while."

He did use Facebook the other day. Don't expect any tweets from Sweet Lou.

"I'm really not a Facebook or Twitter guy," he said. "I'm a prime rib and baked potato. I hate to say that but it's true. Maybe somebody should teach me."

In case you wondered why we call him Sweet Lou, there's your evidence.

Finally, we'll delve into the fetishes of the Cubs' future stars.

While major league players, through their union, have resisted blood testing for performance-enhancing drugs, the Cubs' top draft pick from last year says he's all for baseball's plan to start blood-testing minor-leaguers for HGH.

Especially that part about needles and blood.

''I like it,'' said Brett Jackson, the affable center fielder from the University of California.

''I was telling [teammate Josh Vitters] when they were sucking my blood out [for annual physicals], I kind of liked it. Isn't that weird? That's weird. I enjoyed it. I like blood.''

While Jackson is into needles and blood, Vitters is even a bit creepier.

''I would rather see some kind of urine test than a blood test, because of some people that might have problems with needles,'' said Vitters, the third baseman drafted No. 3 overall in 2007. ''But if it cleans up the game, I'm for it.''

Um, okay, Josh.



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Ted Lilly Fan Club said:


That blood is really for Ted. Blood and Children's nightmares fuel his Molina destroying ways.

JulieDiCaro said:


Wait a minute. . . I'm FRIENDS with Lou on Facebook!


So what I'm taking away form this morning is that Lou wants someone to hurt Theriot.

AndCounting said:


And that someone is Brett Jackson.

FrankS said:


If Jackson enjoys the drawing of blood, is he a regular blood donor? I always recommend that anyone who can donate blood should do it. One pint of blood can save three lives.

flyball said:


agreed on those that can should

plus you get cookies when you're done

JulieDiCaro said:


EVERY time I give blood, one of the stupid nurses screws it up and not enough winds up coming out and then they tell me there's not enough iron in it and they say it will be used for "research."


Doc said:


um...can't the just take an iron rod or something and just scrape a little bit of it off in put into your bag of blood?

JulieDiCaro said:


yes, probably.

flyball said:


I do love spring training, when we get a chance to see what the future players can do on the field, and what kind of quotes they will be giving to reporters off the field

Brett Jackson has the ability to be a great quote machine, I hope he keeps up his training

Doc said:


Theriot takes a fastball in the wrist today during batting practice, but it unfortunately appears that he's ok.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:


Someone's trying to impress Lou

Doc said:


If some of these other players just had as much willingness to please.

JulieDiCaro said:


They could all learn a lesson about a little something called "ambition" from Rapheal Dolis.

JulieDiCaro said:


I'm so mad at Kenny Willams for discouraging Ozzie from tweeting. So far, that was the best thing that's happened to me all off-season.

JulieDiCaro said:


Angel Guzman held back because of shoulder "soreness." Didn't he just get surgery on something?

Someone took Lou's comments today seriously and hit Theriot in the wrist with a ball. Unfortunately, Theriot is okay.

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