Summer Camp Miscellany: Lester's Second Start, Rea and Adam Appear, Almora Homer, More

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Summer Camp Miscellany: Lester’s Second Start, Rea and Adam Appear, Almora Homer, More

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The Cubs and Cubs had the bats cooking in last night’s intrasquad (albeit aided by some artificially-created game situations with runners on base).

Jon Lester made his second tune-up start, throwing three innings, allowing approximately seven hits and two walks, but somehow giving up only two runs (solo homers by Albert Almora and Steven Souza). As always, with an established veteran like Lester, especially in an intrasquad game, the results (and even the hard contact) don’t really mean much. We have no idea precisely what he was trying to accomplish. Concerns or confidence about Lester exists entirely outside the world of intrasquad outings.

Colin Rea, who is on the 40-man and in the mix to be the Cubs’ nominal sixth starter, also got knocked around. He collected a number of strikeouts, but he also got hit plenty, including Javy Baez’s rocket homer. Jharel Cotton is the other depth starting option at big league camp, though Adbert Alzolay – currently at South Bend – would also be in that group if a longer-term need emerged.

Jason Adam, one of the impressive-spin-rate-let’s-see-what-we-can-do relievers signed by the Cubs on low-risk deals this offseason, was at Wrigley Field for the game, making one of the few scoreless appearances of the night (1.2 innings, 2 Ks, 1(?) BB). The 28-year-old righty is currently with the South Bend group, both because his spring performances were maybe slightly less impressive than the Sadler/Tepera/Winkler trio, and also because he’s not on the 40-man roster. He was always less likely to make the Opening Day roster for that reason, but since he’s got minor league options available, he very well could be an up-and-down guy this year like Dillon Maples, Trevor Megill, and James Norwood, among others. Interesting that he was brought in for the day to get a look.

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