Hopefully this is diary worthy. I saw it yesterday so let me know if there is already a discussion on this somewhere.
Pitch counts: Piniella said he expects to break camp with 12 pitchers.
"We're playing a lot of games early in the year, we go to the [West] Coast where you're not going to get rained out," Piniella said of the Cubs' April schedule. "Also, I don't like the idea of whoever our fifth starter is to pitch all spring and then sit. We'll stay in rotation as much as possible when the season starts so everybody gets their innings in."
Still to be determined is who will be the long man in the 'pen. Left-hander Neal Cotts will be stretched out this spring. Someone asked if Mark Prior was a candidate for a relief role.
"I didn't say that," Piniella said. "We are going to have to find somebody who can go long. We need somebody out there who can pitch some innings out of the long spot. I don't know who that's going to be."
The article also has some tidbits on Marshall's progress, the possibility of DeRosa batting 2nd, some Floyd stuff, etc. Murton, Colvin, Patterson, and Pagan were early arrivals to ST.