Chicago Cubs News: Team names starters; Ben Zobrist misses workout
By Jake Misener
The Chicago Cubs open Cactus League action in two days – and, believe it or not, there’s a lot going on in and around Sloan Park this week.
At long last, we shall have Chicago Cubs baseball. After a winter that seemed like it might never end, it’s back. We (almost) made it, everyone. *insert collective sigh here*
Pitchers and catchers reported to Sloan Park last week and full squad workouts began earlier this week. With Spring Training games opening in the next 48 hours, a lot has happened. Here’s a quick-hit recap of what you might have missed from Arizona.
A little of this, a little of that
missed another workout with a back issue
is insistent he’s not concerned. The veteran struggled mightily in 2017 and worked hard to get ready for the season. Keep an eye on Zo in the weeks to come to see how he progresses.
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Darvish impressive in first live action
Of course, Yu Darvish was impressive (based on all accounts) in his first live BP session this week. And he’s got a big fan in battery mate Willson Contreras.
"“He’s insane,” Contreras said. “The movement he has on the baseball, on the breaking balls and the fastball command he has is crazy.”"
The Cubs catcher offered up some thoughts of his own this week. After MLB announced pace-of-play initiatives for the upcoming season, Contreras made one thing clear: he’s willing to get his checkbook out if it comes down to it.
God, I just love Willson.
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Chicago takes on Milwaukee in split-squad action Friday afternoon in Arizona. With a 2:05 p.m. CT start, you can catch the radio broadcast via a stream on MLB.com. We’ll have reactions and a recap after the action here at Cubbies Crib.