Spring Training Miscellany: Wick's Injury, Kimbrel's Good Work, Greatest Pitcher of All-Time, and More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Wick’s Injury, Kimbrel’s Good Work, Greatest Pitcher of All-Time, and More

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The Cubs have named Kyle Hendricks their CACTUS LEAGUE opening day starter, but the nod also lines him up for the real thing. Meanwhile, at camp today …

If Rowan Wick isn’t even playing catch yet, he’s definitely not going to be ready for Opening Day:

On the one hand, you hate to be without one of your best relievers for any portion of the season. On the other hand, if you ARE going to be missing him, better that it come at the beginning of the season when you’re sorting out some of the roster, and flexibility might be especially helpful. Throw in the fact that you couldn’t necessarily expect 60+ outings from Wick this year anyway, and this might not be terrible. Plus, the volume of bullpen options right now – interesting ones! – is really substantial. I’m pretty calm about it so far, despite his importance.

Also, if Wick is going to miss a chunk of April in any case, the Cubs will have the option of putting him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot for someone else on the 40-man roster.

Speaking of which, if Cameron Maybin (or another non-roster invitee) is to make the team, the Cubs will eventually have to open up a spot (two, actually, for whenever Kyle Ryan returns):

I, too, would tell my parents if I homered off of Jake Arrieta:

Adbert Alzolay still learning at every opportunity:

We saw the Arrieta BP videos earlier, and Craig Kimbrel got in some live BP action, apparently making the Cubs batters feel bad:

All-time ERA record-older:

Random Javy Báez BP booooooommmbbbbbb:

Old friend:

Doing good from afar:

Spring Training memories:

More 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.