Split-squad action: Pregame notes
We’re still awaiting word on Andrew Bailey, who is in Birmingham today for a visit with Dr. James Andrews. Until the results are in, there’s not much to report on the situation, and Bob Geren made it rather clear he’d prefer not to discuss the state of the bullpen until there are more answers. However, it’s worth speculating who could be in there come April should Bailey be out of the mix, especially since there are few guarantees around him – Michael Wuertz is making his first spring start today, Craig Breslow has yet to appear in a game and Joey Devine has been battling tightness in his biceps. That means a few under-the-radar guys like Cuban defector Yadel Marti and journeyman Fernando Cabrera may be getting closer looks now.
Breslow will throw in a Minor League game tomorrow, as will Tyson Ross. That means Gio Gonzalez and Josh Outman will throw Thursday. Also on that day, Rich Harden is slated to throw off the mound for the first time in more than a month. He visited the doctor yesterday and was told he’d be good to get going after a couple of days off. He’s obviously out of the rotation mix, but Geren said “we don’t rule anything out” when asked if Harden, if ready for the season, could still be a bullpen option. I think the team is first concerned about just getting him on the mound again.
Geren is in Surprise today to watch some split-squad action against the Royals. I’m here in Phoenix, where the Cubs should be arriving shortly. Here are both lineups:
HOME: Crisp CF, Barton 1B, Willingham LF, Matsui DH, Suzuki C, Sweeney RF, Kouzmanoff 3B, Timmons 2B, Sogard SS, Anderson P
ROAD: Pennington SS, Ellis 2B, DeJesus RF, Jackson 1B, Carter LF, LaRoche 3B, Powell DH, Donaldson C, Choice CF, McCarthy P