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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Mather's roster spot looks strong

By Bruce Levine

The Cubs will make roster cuts over the weekend, but don't expect outfielder Joe Mather to be among them. The former Brave has made a strong statement this spring. He's hitting .421 after a 3-for-3 showing on Thursday that included his third home run of the spring. The Cubs have 47 players remaining in camp. Dale Sveum said he plans to cut between 10-12 players.

• Svem said he has no real concerns about Carlos Marmol's stiff neck. Marmol threw on flat ground Thursday and will be ready to pitch on Monday in a Cactus League game in Mesa.

• Third baseman Ian Stewart hit his first home run of the spring on Thursday, he also made two sparkling defensive plays.