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cubs park shoesToday is the Cactus League finale for the Cubs – flew right by, eh? – as they welcome the White Sox to Cubs Park. The game is televised on WGN, and it’ll be broadcast on WGN Radio, so everyone can enjoy.

The biggest news as far as this game goes is the absence of Starlin Castro. There was a hope that he could finally play in a big league Spring game today, but it won’t happen.

Here’s the thing, though: it isn’t because Castro isn’t over his hamstring issue. By all accounts, he’s fine. Instead, by holding him out of today’s game, the Cubs leave open the option of placing Castro on the disabled list, backdated to 10 days before the start of the regular season. Had Castro played today, the furthest backwards to which a DL stint could be dated would be tomorrow. That could be a difference of as many as seven or so regular season games that Castro would have to miss. Playing him today in a minor league game, instead, is probably the right call. My understanding is that Castro can join the Cubs for tomorrow’s “exhibition” game against the Diamondbacks without interfering with any of this.

Hopefully all of this becomes academic with Castro returning this weekend, and starting the season at shortstop for the Cubs on Monday.

Today is Travis Wood’s final tuneup for the regular season, so don’t expect him to go too deep. There are still bullpen spots to be decided, so watch for any of Justin Grimm, Alberto Cabrera, or Hector Rondon making an appearance (though I think Rondon is probably in at this point).

Lineup:

  1. Emilio Bonifacio, SS
  2. Ryan Kalish, RF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Mike Olt, DH
  5. Ryan Sweeney, CF
  6. Welington Castillo, C
  7. Justin Ruggiano, LF
  8. Luis Valbuena, 3B
  9. Darwin Barney, 2B
  • Chad
    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Holy crap! Bad idea.

      • jp3

        How has that not happened yet??? I’ve never seen anyone throwing the bat at the pitcher but it seems kind of obvious in hindsight. Clemons threw the broken bat at Piazza but that’s a bit different.

    • hoosiercub

      You get an ejection! and you get an ejection!

      [img]http://www.killingmycareer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/oprah-free-car.gif[/img]

      EVERYBODY GETS AN EJECTION!!!

      • Funn Dave

        AAHHHH!!! Oh my god that is frightening. She looks like the girl from the Exorcist.

  • FFP

    Who starting pitcher for the WS today?

  • http://www.chicagocubsbleachertickets.com Cub Fan Dan

    “the Cubs leave open the option of placing Castro on the disabled list, backdated to 10 days before the start of the regular season”

    If I read this correctly (& my calendar math is correct) , if the Cubs don’t play Castro for the rest of the spring, they can put him on the 15-day DL to start the season, retroactive to March 21, & he would be eligible to come off on April 5th?

  • Dustin S

    Cubs-Sox and “working from home” today, funny how that works out.

  • https://www.facebook.com/AnotherSpaceSong Bret Epic

    Ryan Roberts opted out. Not surprised, but I did like the guy. Best wishes to him.

  • auggie

    Why do we always have to put up with that moron Hawk doing the game? It’s a home game for the Cubs, yet Hawk and Stone Poney get to do the game? Doesn’t make sense.

  • lnfihDeL

    I can’t wait till I get to type

    KALISHKA

    Doesn’t mean anything, but it’s fun to say.

  • lnfihDeL

    Nicely done Kalish.

  • Voice of Reason

    What’s the difference between harrelson and Kasper? He’s just as bad.

    They need to put pat Hughes on the television side. He’s a broadcaster.

    • lnfihDeL

      Len doesn’t refer to the other team as the “bad guys” nor does he scream YOU CAN PUT IT ON THE BOARD YEAH.

      • Edwin

        Mercy!

      • Medicos

        How did u like: Hey!!!! Hey!!!!
        It Might Be!!! It Could be!!! It is!!!!

        • DarthHater

          You’re seriously comparing Hawk to Brickhouse and Harry?

      • Edwin

        White Sox radio is just as bad. It’s just really hard to follow the White Sox.

      • Voice of Reason

        Kasper needs to yell!! That might prevent him from putting me to sleep.

        Kasper is vanilla, boring, mediocre, etc.

    • Edwin

      Harrelson is too “folksy” and homerism prone for me. I like Len. He’s easy to listen to, he doesn’t get in the way of the action, and he does a fair job at avoiding mindless baseball cliches and working in some of the more basic “advanced” stats like OPS.

      • Chad

        how can you have basic advanced stats? That doesn’t make sense. Just kidding I know what you are saying.

        • Edwin

          I wonder if you can have advanced basic stats.

    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

      Len also doesn’t go on 3 minute tirades against umpires and he doesn’t sit in silence for 30-45 seconds at a time

      • Edwin

        That sounds similar to when I’ll tune into a Brewers game on the radio and listen to Bob Uecker.

  • lnfihDeL

    Wow, Rizzo got screwed by the ump, haha.

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Considering that it is a ST game I am grateful that is is being broadcast. Are you telling me that a Sox broadcast team is not supposed to show some bias? Personally I think the Cubs took a big hit in the booth when they lost Brenley. Len and J.D. are meh IMO.

  • ssckelley

    Nice to see Sweeney jack one out, hopefully he can get hot to open the season.

  • willis

    Ruggiano has really had a nice Spring. I know, Spring training stats etc…but he’s looked the part. I’m glad the cubs were able to nab him.

  • willis

    Wood and Villanueva with 5 scoreless, which is nice. Even if it’s against the White Sox.

  • Leo the Lip

    I hope no one wins the Brent Lilliquist award this year.

  • lnfihDeL

    Do the Dirty Sox even have a hit?

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Wesley Wright hasn’t looked very good lately. Is he lock for the opening day roster?

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