Spring Training Miscellany: Strop and Brach Debut, ChatWow Again, Darvish and Cedeño News, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Strop and Brach Debut, ChatWow Again, Darvish and Cedeño News, More

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The Cubs beat the Royals today behind plenty of good pitching, and most of it came from pitchers who’ll be around on Opening Day, so that’s neat.

Jose Quintana started, throwing his three innings of scoreless ball, allowing just one walk and one hit, while striking out two.

  • Pedro Strop made his Spring Training debut today, getting his work in over 21 pitches. The results, for a guy like Strop, matter pretty much not at all … unless the result in funny moments among old friends:

  • Steve Cishek worked another inning as he ramps up, and Brad Brach also made his long-awaited debut (scoreless, one hit, one strikeout). No word on how Brach looked or what his velocity was like just yet. (He dealt with mono earlier this offseason, we just learned.)
  • I’m very sorry for what follows, but it is a thing that happened and the people must be informed:

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  • For now, I’ll stick to what I said earlier:

  • A little Rizzo clip:

  • Victor Caratini went deep in this one.
  • Good news, in my opinion, on Yu Darvish:

  • Not so good news on lefty Xavier Cedeño:

  • Given the bullpen crunch and his lack of options, it seems overwhelmingly likely that Cedeño starts the season on the Injured List at this point.

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