Never forget that it’s Friday, friends.
- Some sources had suggested that, because of his commitment with MLB Network, Dan Plesac was not going to be a candidate for the Cubs’ open color broadcasting position. No so, says Bruce Levine, who reports that Plesac will be interviewing for the position, joining Eric Karros as the two known interviewees at this point. Plesac did pre and post-game analysis for Cubs games on CSN before joining MLBN. He was briefly a pitcher with the Cubs back in the ’90s.
- I was on the season ticket holder call last night, and put together a transcript, but they also had a call earlier in the day (and that one included Jason McLeod). The CCO has a recap of the highlights from that call. It covered a lot of the same territory, but Jason McLeod mentioned his excitement about the organizational depth at second base, naming Logan Watkins, Ronald Torreyes, Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno and Zeke DeVoss. On Javier Baez, McLeod added that, coming into things last year, they assumed he was going to have to be moved to third base; but now that they’ve seen him in action and worked with him, they no longer think that. They think he could stay at shortstop, which, together with Castro, makes for a good problem to have.
- Speaking of Baez, x-rays confirmed that he did, indeed, break the tip of his left thumb. The injury, which apparently occurred during a high five (yup – seriously), is not expected to impede his development in any way, but obviously it ended his AFL season early.
- The Cubs have worked with Nick Struck’s mechanics, and that could have marked a step forward this year.
- The MLBullets at BCB look at some managerial situations, the Dan Haren situation, and the relative competitiveness of the AL and the NL.