TUCSON, Ariz. _ Kind of a messy game today as the Cubs fell 10-6 to the Rox, with Randy Wells giving up 5 of the 6 runs Colorado scored in the bottom of the eighth.
Reed Johnson got hit by a pitch on the right hand, but he came up with a pair of outfield assists as he played the whole game in right field. Johnson had his hand wrapped in ice on the way out; the Cubs said it was precautionary. Speaking of the outfield, could So Taguchi make the team as a nonroster guy ahead of Joey Gathright? We'll see. Lou talked up Taguchi yesterday, saying he "gives you a professional at-bat." Gathright today rainbowed a throw home from left field.
Fukudome walked twice, but he was 0-for-3, making him 1-for-7 on the spring. In his second at-bat, he popped out on a 3-0 pitch. Let's see where this goes.
Micah Hoffpauir was 2-for-5 with a homer, a double and 3 RBI. There's no question about his status: He's on the team. Talking with outfield coach Mike Quade today, he said Hoffpauir can be serviceable in the outfield. More in Sunday's paper about the outfield.
Aaron Miles was 3-for-5, and he appears to be on track. Talking with Cubs people, they seem happy with the backup infield situation. I don't expect a trade. The Cubs feel Fontenot and Miles can handle third base if Ramirez needs a day.
David Patton did not get into today's game. Maybe the Rule 5 kid will pitch tomorrow. Kevin Hart came in to bail out Wells.