The Chicago Cubs split two games on Monday afternoon with a 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics and a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Cubs’ top prospect Javier Baez debuted at second base and James McDonald left after only two pitches with right shoulder soreness. The same shoulder caused McDonald to miss the final five months on the 2013 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Around the league, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers have arrived in Sydney for the opening series, A’s Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery, and an umpire was struck by a line drive.
Cubbies Crib: Split-squad Chicago Cubs avoid shutout, lose to Oakland Athletics 6-2
Chicago Tribune: Cubs’ McDonald leaves after two pitches
Chicago Sun-Times: Cubs give hot prospect Javy Baez an audition at second base
ESPN Chicago: Castro (hamstring) improves to ’80 percent’
Daily Herald: Cubs not likely to miss Garza
Cubs.com: Wada remains in the mix for rotation spot
Cubs Den: MLB Draft Update: Arms ahead of bats early on but questions remain at the top
Fox Sports: Dodgers, Diamondbacks reach Australia for opening series
CBS Sports: A’s starter Jarrod Parker needs Tommy John surgery
NBC Sports: Umpire gets knocked out of a game by a line drive