Pitchers and catchers are getting their physicals today in advance of the first official team workout tomorrow.
- Dale Sveum says last year was probably more useful long-term than a “ho-hum, .500 season where there really wasn’t much drama or roster changes or anything like that.” Because, in the latter type season, your young players probably didn’t learn a whole lot about having to deal with adversity or change. But, with that, Dale’s ready to stop talking about the 2012 season. “The biggest thing going into the season – obviously, [with] answering all [the media’s] questions – is when does last season stop?’’ Sveum said, per the Sun-Times. “I don’t want to really talk about it. It’s really over with. There’s nothing we can do about it.” I think that’s probably a fair request, but as soon as the 2013 Cubs start to skid, that 101-loss 2012 club is going to come up. Dale will just have to continue to do what he’s done relatively well: deal with the questions, offer the best thoughts he can, and go about his job without developing a chip on his shoulder. He knows the roster creation aspect isn’t his job, and he knows the roster is, largely, what makes for wins and losses. Right now, his job is to help build the team for the future, develop young players, and, sure, help win as many games as possible.
- Speaking of Dale, you can add him to the list of folks who’ve seen Matt Garza throw this Spring and who thinks Garza looks great. I really can’t wait to see him throw.
- Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer addressed the media yesterday from Mesa, about which much more later, and in doing so confirmed that Carlos Marmol’s case in the Dominican Republic, right now, is indeed just a civil matter. That should mean that his travel was unimpeded, and he arrived as expected last night (still waiting on official confirmation that he did in fact arrive).
- Theo Epstein on his first round match-up against Jed Hoyer in the Bunt Tournament: “Jed has good hand-eye coordination, but you can’t tell whether he’s swinging the bat or bunting. He drives it like 160 down the middle.” Burn.
- If you’re into uniform numbers, Carrie Muskat’s got the full list of changes/new guys’ uniform numbers. Non-roster invitee Brent Lillibridge somehow managed to finagle the highly-attractive number 20, so you can just assume he’s making the team. (*I’m being facetious. Though he might make the team.)
- Mark Grace has reported to jail.
- When the Tony Campana DFA news went up on the Bleacher Nation Facebook page yesterday, there was an explosion of feedback. It was, perhaps, the most commented post in the history of the Facebook page. Some strong opinions goin’ on over there …