Spring Training Miscellany: No Surprise Injuries Yet, Ross on Closers, Stroman Loves His Infield, Visuals Aplenty
The first official day of Spring Training came today, with pitchers and catchers reporting, and the pre-season kick-off press conference from the front office.
You know, I was thinking, especially as word starts to come out from other camps about injury issues: it was great that there was no surprise reveal of an injury today. You know how it so often goes. Guys show up for Spring Training, there’s the first official set of updates from the front office or the coaching staff, and you find out that Pitcher X was actually feeling a little something barking back in January, so he ramped down, and then as he tried to take it back up in early February … there was a pop. And we find out about it, for the first time, on a day like today. That didn’t happen today, and that’s a win.
To be sure, that’s not to say there won’t be ANY injuries this Spring Training. Of course there will be. And it’ll suck. I’m saying only that, as far as those dang surprise offseason injuries go, the Cubs seem not to have had any in December through early February.
Much more to share from today in Arizona …
- One of the annual questions in Spring Training for clubs that have lots of relief options but not a set closer is whether someone will “win” the job in camp. For David Ross, it sounds like the answer is probably not, but it’s not out of the question:
- I think what’s most likely is kinda what we saw last year with David Robertson: a mix and match approach early on, with one guy seeming to get most of the traditional save opportunities when everyone is rested, and if he is successful, after a month we’ll be like, yeah, “pretty sure he’s the closer now.”
- Ross said that the whole not-locked-out thing helped quite a bit with offseason work:
- Marcus Stroman is loving his new middle infield tandem:
- And the team is ready to compete:
- So much value in being in big league camp for a guy like Pete Crow-Armstrong:
- I will have more thoughts on Codi Heuer throwing as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but here’s the clip for now:
- New Cubs catcher Tucker Barnhart is ready to go in blue:
- PFPs means it’s really Spring Training:
- More visuals galore: