Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cubs lose 5-1 to the Padres; Mateo and Kerry Wood Updates; Happy Birthday to Starlin Castro

The Cubs lost 5-1 to the San Diego Padres at HoHoKam Park today.  Travis Wood was the starting pitcher and had a much better outing than last time, although he still gave up three runs and five hits and hit 2 by pitch and threw one strikeout over 3 2/3 innings pitched.  When asked regarding where he might start the season at, Wood said, "They're going to make their decisions, and whatever will be will be."

Cubs Outfielder Alfonso Soriano scored the Cubs' only run against the Padres on Saturday (photo from Chicago Tribune)
Randy Wells pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief and allowed one hit.  He is still in the competition for a spot in the starting rotation along with Chris Volstad (who pitched in a Minor League game today), Jeff Samardzija, and Rodrigo Lopez.  "There's obviously competition going on," Wells said. "If you start getting caught up in that, it makes it tougher to pitch. I just go out there and try to do my best."  Wells has not given up a run over 7 1/3 innings in three Cactus League games.  "I'd be disappointed," Wells said of his reaction if he isn't named a starter. "Three years in the rotation, to have to go to the bullpen -- but it could be a new challenge and something exciting."

Volstad, who has given up one run on seven hits over 10 innings in his three Cactus League outings said, "I've tried to be efficient, getting ground balls, and I feel I've put in the hard work. It's not like I can control the decision, but I feel pretty good where I'm at right now."  Cubs Manager Dale Sveum is expected to finalize the starting rotation on Wednesday.

Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo will be resting for at least ten days and then have his right elbow re-examined after he underwent an MRI after being pulled from Thursday’s game in Surprise.

Sveum mentioned that Kerry Wood has not pitched since last Sunday.  Sveum said that there are no issues and the right-hander will get a couple more outings before the end of spring training.

Today is Starlin Castro's 22nd birthday.  On Thursday, he presented some children who are battling cancer at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa with a visit and autographed Cubs hats.

Cubs Shortstop Starlin Castro visited children in a Mesa hospital on Thursday (photo from Carrie Muskat)
Rodrigo Lopez and the Cubs will take on the Cleveland Indians tomorrow at 3:05pm CST.  The game will be broadcast on WGN-TV and WGN-Radio.  Ryan Dempster will start in a Minor League game at Fitch Park..

Only 12 more days until Opening Day!

No comments:

Post a Comment