Doug Fister pitching on flat ground Thursday
Fister is dealing with elbow inflammation, but said he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season. He also did some throwing Wednesday, so it appears he's making progress. Fister has yet to throw off a mound since he was diagnosed with the injury.
Fister posted a 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings last year.
Matt Wieters' ankle showing improvement
Wieters is still on track to play Saturday, but it's a good sign that he's made progress. The injury is not considered to be serious, but the club wants to take it slow with one of their core players. Wieters hit .235/.287/.417 in 523 at-bats last year.
Jimmy Rollins unaware of any issues with manager
Rollins has not played in three straight spring games, and admitted he hasn't spoken to Sandberg during the time. Rollins later acknowledged that Sandberg was "upset about something," but didn't seem to know what he was upset about. Rollins said he did not have any problems with Sandberg.
Rollins hit .252/.318/.348 in 600 at-bats last year.
Ervin Santana to miss first two weeks of the season?
Santana signed with the club Wednesday, and is rounding back into game shape. He's been throwing in the offseason, but may need more time to be ready for game action. Santana was able to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, so he was already started the process of returning.
Santana posted a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings last year.
Mike Olt clubs two home runs vs. Mariners
Olt has dealt with a sore shoulder this spring, but if he can get some time at third base soon without suffering a setback, that and a strong offensive performance could instill him as the starter at the hot corner once the season begins. He's 7 for 21 with three home runs and six RBI in seven games while serving as a designated hitter.
Javier Baez hits third spring home run Wednesday
The home run was part of a 1-for-3 performance for Baez, who is 7 for 21 with three solo homers to his credit this spring. The highly-touted prospect won't break camp with the team, but he's certainly doing nothing to temper expectations down the road.
Randy Wolf allows two runs vs. Cubs
Wolf could easily be a factor in the team's opening-day rotation with multiple injuries afflicting projected starting pitchers, but he has been homer-happy in the early-going, giving up two homers in his previous start before dishing out two more Wednesday. He owns a 6.00 ERA in nine innings over three starts this spring.
James McDonald walks five Wednesday
McDonald's shaky spring continues. He coughed up two home runs while walking three in his spring debut before putting together two scoreless innings his last time out then reverting back to mediocrity Wednesday. He owns a 12.71 ERA and 0:8 K:BB ratio through 5 2/3 innings, and his chance to win the final spot in the team's rotation could be fading away.
Wade Miley strikes out five vs. Rockies Wednesday
Miley has only give up two earned runs in 14 innings through his first three spring appearances, giving him a 1.29 ERA to go with an 11:3 K:BB ratio. His numbers are far superior to those from last spring, when he posted a 7.43 ERA and 8:6 K:BB ratio in four starts.
James Russell surrenders home run in spring debut
Russell has dealt with a dead arm this spring, pushing back his first spring appearance to mid-March. He went 1-6 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 37:18 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings last season.
March 6, 2014
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