Spring Training Battlewatch: March 7, 2009
The Chicago Cubs get blanked by the Milwaukee Brewers. Who kerrs. On to the roster battles:
- Micah Hoffpauir has cooled considerably, and he put up an 0-fer. Considering the Cubs’ lack of a second reserve infielder, Hoffpauir is going to have to be so good with the bat that the Cubs have to find a spot for him no matter what.
- Mike Fontenot also put up an 0-fer, playing second base. It’s kind of scary to think about what might happen if he doesn’t win the starting spot at second base.
- Angel Guzman, trying to avoid the Rich Hill/Ronny Cedeno/Michael Wuertz – style optionless banishment, threw a scoreless inning. Cool.
- Rule V pick David Patton, who has to stay on the Cubs’ 25-man all year or he has to be offered back to the Colorado Rockies, is trying to make the pen, but it’s a long shot. He helped his case with a dominating two hitless innings, though, striking out three.
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