The Cubs will start right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva in Peoria, Ariz. against the Padres on Thursday. Manager Lou Piniella said that the regular lineup will be held back to hit at Ho-Ho-Kam Park while players battling for bench positions like Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy, Bryan LaHair and Micah Hoffpauir will play in the game.
Outfielder Xavier Nady played in his first spring training game on Wednesday, getting three at-bats as the team’s DH. Piniella said Nady might not be ready at 100 percent until June. Nady will still be able to play with his arm at less than 100 percent, however. The Cub outfielder is recovering from a second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow ligament. Nady said he’s not sure of a timetable, either, as to when he’ll be ready to throw at a 100 percent. At this juncture, Nady is throwing at 120 feet.
Right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano's second outing of the spring was a success until the third inning, when according to Piniella, Zambrano lost some of his velocity. Zambrano said that he was pleased with the outing and got in some valuable work.
Cubs team president Crane Kenney is back in Mesa for his third trip to Arizona this spring. Kenney was in town, along with owner Tom Ricketts, on March 5 to converse with Arizona legislators about the team’s planned $84 million new stadium in East Mesa. A site should be chosen in the very near future.