MESA, Ariz. _ Just arrived in the press box minutes ago after an uneventful flight (the best kind). So we'll see how fast I can type, and we'll come back with more later. As you probably know, the Cubs have optioned relievers Justin Berg and Todd Wellemeyer to Class AAA Iowa and sent Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman to minor-league camp. UPDATE: I'll be on with Len and Mick on Cubs Internet radio in the second inning. That's at cubs.com. [Scroll down for even more updates.]
That leaves the spring roster at 36. Wellemeyer had been bothered by a hip injury, but he's apparently OK to pitch now. With Maine gone, John Grabow and Sean Marshall are the lefties in the pen along with perhaps James Russell, depending on how they see his role.
UPDATE: Had a chance to talk with Wellemeyer, and he said the hip acted up on him yesterday, when he threw off the mound. "I threw a bullpen yesterday, and it flared back up," he said, adding the session was about 20 pitches. "The fact that I played catch today, and it flared up on me is not a positive avenue."
Anyway, I'll get caught up, but in midseason form, here is the Cubs' lineup vs. the A's:
Big day for Carlos Silva, as you also well know. Back with more, and we'll tweet @BruceMiles2112.
Here are some post-mortems from today's 3-1 victory over the A's:
--In addition to Silva's strong performance, the Cubs got scoreless relief from Casey Coleman, Marcos Mateo and Kerry Wood, who earned his first save.
--The Cubs made no errors, and they looked sharp in the field. That's a marked change from earlier in the spring. "Yeah, it's spring training," Quade said. "No, no, no, these guys are trying to win games. The execution...there were a lot of little things that I loved. We're starting to play baseball."
--Big Z threw 82 pitches over 4 innings in a minor-league game against the Diamondbacks' Class AAA club. Q said he was impressed that Z told him he wanted to go down the street and see the young players.
--On Coleman, Q said: "How good was he? Mateo threw the ball well. There are a whole lot of people who are making things tough and also giving us the thought that we've got some depth that we're going to need, as well."
--There will be more cuts today, involving position players, Q said.