Cubs pitchers and catchers take the field (MARMOL deal)
The Ron Santo patch on Koyie
MESA, Ariz. _ We’re officially under way now as pitchers and catchers have taken to the fields at Fitch Park. The first casualty of camp is pitcher Carlos Silva, who was sent home with a fever of about 103. It was cramped quarters in the clubhouse earlier this morning, with media members jockeying for position.
UPDATE: A source tells me the Cubs and closer Carlos Marmol have agreed on a three-year deal avoiding salary arbitration. The deal is worth $20 million, with Marmol getting $3.2 million this year, $7 million in 2012 and $9.8 million in 2013.
Holding court were Kerry Wood, Big Z, Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Randy Wells. Here are a few things from this morning:
--The most interesting thing I’ve seen is that new pitching coach Mark Riggins has cut the number of pitchers throwing at any one time from eight (as it was under Larry Rothschild) to four on the practice mounds. Mark wants to get a better look at each of his guys. The other thing is that Mark is having the throwing sessions filmed, using two cameras. We’ve not seen that before here, either.
--Big Z says he “just wants to talk with my numbers” and that he doesn’t want to talk about last year, even the 8-0 finish. He’d like to start Opening Day, but he said to “ask Mike” about that, referring to manager Mike Quade.
--Tyler Colvin asked, “What episode?” when he got a question about getting hit with the bat last September and suffering a collapsed lung.
--Randy Wells said he lost his “focus” at times last year, but that it was nothing off the field and more during the games. He says he’s never been guaranteed a job and that he’s not approaching things as if he has a job this year.
--The Cubs already are sporting No. 10 patches in honor of Ron Santo. They look nice on the uniforms. Maybe we can get a pic or two up.