Spring Training Miscellany: Reliever Usage, Montgomery Shoulder, Almora's Shape, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Reliever Usage, Montgomery Shoulder, Almora’s Shape, More

Chicago Cubs

The weather continues to be remarkably un-Spring-like in Arizona, which today included enough rain that most of the work was indoors. Good news is that the forecast is holding nicely for Saturday’s Cubs Cactus League opener.

Meanwhile …

  • The heavily-used, and heavily-relied-upon veteran relief arms will understandably and necessarily be limited this Spring:

  • As for Mike Montgomery and his shoulder, still no worries, just a little behind:

  • No update on Ben Zobrist, who is absent from camp for personal reasons. He’s been in contact with Theo Epstein, but that’s all we know. I hope whatever it is, it resolves soon and in a positive way for Zobrist and anyone around him that this relates to.
  • We’ve got some very strong best-shape-of-his-life comments:

  • Old friends:

  • New friends:

  • Be careful with that optimism, Jesse – it’s dangerous:

  • New grub arriving at Sloan this year:


  • The Cubs’ first spring game is Saturday, but baseball’s first spring game was today:

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.