“It’s only Spring Training” is a phrase you’ve probably read around these parts many times, but damn if I’m not really liking what I’m seeing… from Mike Quade. On to the bullets.

  • Both Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza will pitch in the Spring opener this Sunday against the Athletics. Boing.
  • Tyler Colvin, a possible back-up at first base (who wasn’t told he might fill that role until last week, but whateves), will start some games at first base this Spring. I suspect the Cubs would like to see how he handles the position not only in Spring, but also during the season, so that, if they whiff on Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the Cubs can turn the position over to Colvin as a fall-back plan.
  • Non-roster invitee Scott Rice was the last to throw live to hitters on Sunday, but by then, all the positional players had headed off for a meeting. So Rice threw to manager Mike Quade. Pressure much? The catcher called a fastball in, and Rice left it over the middle of the plate. Sure, it’s nice to avoid hitting the manager, but it’s never a good idea to show him that you throw meatballs when feeling the heat.

  • Former Cub – and current non-roster invitee – Todd Wellemeyer is being considered as a starter and a reliever, but he’s not a realistic option to crack the rotation. If he makes the team, it will be as the long man in the bullpen.

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