Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall, Darvish Feels Good, Heyward Scratch, Rizzo's Hair, Alzolay to Throw, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall, Darvish Feels Good, Heyward Scratch, Rizzo’s Hair, Alzolay to Throw, More

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The Cubs dropped today’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks 5-4, with all of the Cubs’ runs coming in the first and all of the Diamondbacks’ runs coming in the second. Were it a real game, boy howdy, I’d be steaming. Hooray for Spring Training chill mode!

Kris Bryant’s string of consecutive times reaching base was extended to five in this game (which, in Spring Training for a regular, can be like a week’s worth of games!), and then ultimately ended on a groundout. He’ll spend a few weeks at AAA to open the season to work out the kinks.

The big news today was Yu Darvish feeling good, healthy, and hitting 95/96 mph on the gun (suggesting, yeah, he really was feeling good).

  • More good stuff from the Darvish outing, and his good sense of humor afterwards:

  • Jason Heyward was scratched at the last minute from this one for “personal reasons,” per the Cubs. No other details beyond that, which necessarily leads to people doing crazy speculating. Like I said with Ben Zobrist’s late report: for a veteran position player, the bar to cross for getting a day off is pretty darn low. It’s really not worth speculating on the reasons in this case. It could be anything.
  • Respect me:

  • Also, Rizzo has brought back the boy band look, presumably in advance of shaving it off for Joe Maddon’s Respect Bald event:


  • Top Cubs pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay (side tightness) will be throwing again soon:

  • He wasn’t going to make the team out of Spring Training anyway after a mostly lost 2018 season, but it would still be nice to see him get into a Spring game. Fun for him, anyway.
  • Proof of life:

  • Deals, deals tonight:

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.