Chicago Cubs: Cory Wade

Rapid Reaction: Giants 9, Cubs 3

March, 25, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers

MESA, Ariz. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday.

The good: Catcher Dioner Navarro's fourth spring home run was the lone highlight for the Cubs at the plate. ... Shawn Camp struck out the side in the eighth.

The bad: There was plenty of it. Brent Lillibridge may have had the single worst individual performance of the spring. He went 0-for-4 at the plate and made two critical errors at shortstop on very playable balls. ... Overall the Cubs defense was abysmal with mistakes at every infield position except first, while right field was a bit of adventure for Nate Schierholtz. ... Starter Travis Wood didn’t help himself by walking four in four innings. ... Cory Wade gave up four hits and a walk and four runs (two earned) in two innings of work.

What we learned: It was one of the worst games of the spring for the Cubs on defense and Wood wasn’t able to pitch over the mistakes made behind him. Neither was Wade, who may have pitched himself into the minor leagues. The defensive woes highlight the fact the Cubs aren’t as deep as they would like to be and stresses the need for players like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo to play just about every day. Lillibridge simply had an off day, but it’s a reminder the Cubs are short on starters and depth.

The Dunstons: Shawon Dunston Jr. went 1-for-2 in front of his dad, the former Cub and current coach with the Giants. The two embraced on the field before and after the game.

Garza injury toughest on Cubs

March, 24, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Of the numerous spring training injuries the Chicago Cubs have suffered this year there’s one that bothers manager Dale Sveum more than the others.

“The one disappointment was (Matt) Garza,” Sveum said Sunday before his team played the Cleveland Indians. “Right now Garza is the one, if we had him opening day, that changes things around a little bit. We’d have three guys like that at the top.”

Garza has been out with a lat injury on his left side since early in spring training. This, after missing time in the second half last year due to an elbow strain.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with INF Valbuena

January, 10, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced the signing Thursday of infielder Luis Valbuena to a one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration.

The contract, which only becomes guaranteed if he makes the team, is for $930,000, according to a source familiar with the situation. Valbuena, 27, hit .219 in 90 games for the Cubs last season.

The Cubs also announced 16 non-rostered players were invited to spring training, including former White Sox infielder Brent Lillibridge. The list contains players who have signed minor league deals with invites to major league camp: OF Brian Bogusevic, Catcher J.C. Boscan, RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Jaye Chapman, OF Johermyn Chavez, RHP Dayan Diaz, INF Alberto Gonzalez, RHP Jensen Lewis, INF Edwin Maysonet, OF Darnell McDonald, 1B/OF Brad Nelson, RHP Blake Parker, RHP Zack Putnam, LHP Hisanori Takahashi, RHP Cory Wade.



Starlin Castro
.292 14 65 58
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167