Spring Training Miscellany: Pitchers Pop the Mitts, Alzolay Behind, BP Vids, Won Tinwo, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Pitchers Pop the Mitts, Alzolay Behind, BP Vids, Won Tinwo, More

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Today was, in a weird way, the first day of Spring Training, but also not really the first official day of Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers officially reported today, but their first official workout is tomorrow. So, then, today is nominally the start of Spring Training, but tomorrow is the first day of Spring Training. Or something.

But the real reason you know Spring Training has started? A pitcher of note “felt something,” and is a little “behind”:

  • It is not critically important that Alzolay, who missed most of last season with a lat injury, starts this season on time at AAA Iowa, but it is rather important that he has a chance to continue his development. Stuff-wise, the dude could be a big league starter in the next year or two. But, as the Cubs manage his innings this year – maybe even moreso now – it’s possible they’ll just look to get him a half-season of starts at Iowa, and then find an opportunity for him to work into the big league bullpen at some point. For now: take your time getting 100%, obviously. Side injuries, even mild ones, can linger and re-aggravate easily in baseball.
  • Other pitcher injury notes, none are unexpected:

  • Yes. Yes. Throw those baseballs. CATCH those baseballs. GOD YES:


  • Kyle Schwarber was working on some opposite field goodness:

  • Jason Heyward, new Cubs third baseman:


  • Addison Russell, who can participate in the Spring despite his suspension, is in camp getting in work:

  • Kyle Hendricks, still a part-time hitter, full-time baller:

  • We’ll have much more from the opening press conference soon, but Michael is quite right:

  • Maddon offered this year’s slogan: Own It Now.

  • And if you turn the whole thing around, it’s Won Tinwo! Makes you think.
  • Lots more Spring Training visuals:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.