I'm a little bit late on an article today as I spent the day with the wife. Baseball is right around the corner so it was a good time to take a break before spring training starts.
Here are a few news and notes to nibble on until Fels dishes out his Sunday brunch...
- There are a few spring training guide/previews out that include thing like important dates, questions facing the Cubs,, projected lineups/rotations, and more. There is one by Carrie Muskat, another by Gordon Wittenmeyer, and a third by Jessie Rogers.
- David Kaplan writes that Mark Prior is looking for one last shot at the big leagues and feels he is in the best shape of his life. He's built up strength in his shoulder and is reportedly throwing in the 92-93 range. No word, though, if the Cubs are interested in their former pitching phenom.
- Kyuji Fujikawa has already started his transition to the MLB and says he's ready. There's been some speculation that Marmol's legal issues may give the former NPB all-star closer a shot at saving games for the Cubs. However, it appears Marmol will be ready to report tomorrow and Fujikawa is ready to take on whatever role the team gives him."The decision is not up to me but the coaches," Fujikawa said. "My job is to get outs, and as I do that, I'll try to make it a tougher decision for the coaches to make."
- In that same article, we learn that Reggie Golden is healthy again after hyper-extending his left knee just 7 games into the season last year. He's understandably excited to be back and I'm excited to see what he can do if he stays healthy. Golden has the skills to play RF but its his powerful bat that is his real ticket to the majors. When it comes to putting a serious charge into the baseball, Golden can hang with some of the Cubs top hitting prospects, but we'll have to see how much all this missed time has affected his development. It's possible Golden will go to Kane County to start the year and if he does, you may want to get there early to catch Golden, Vogelbach, and possibly Soler take batting practice. That will be quite a show in itself.
- The Curt Schilling saga just got a little stranger as sources tell ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes that his claims that he was approached about using PEDs are untrue. Investigations found the claim to be "completely baseless". Schilling, of course, insists that it's true. To me it seemed odd (not to mention self-serving) that he brought up the story in the first place -- even if it were true. What was he trying to accomplish? Now the investigation is showing that the person he accused, then team rehabilitation coordinator Mike Reinold, never said such a thing and has no history with PEDs. It was also learned that Schilling and Reinold didn't exactly get along.
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