SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- This is the game I know all of you are interested in listening to, given that C.J. Edwards is pitching, and Javier Baez is playing. No Cubs audio or video coverage of this one, though you can listen online. Details below. (I'm not attending this game.)
A few roster notes: it was reported in the Tribune this morning that Donnie Murphy and George Kottaras could be on the bubble. I've heard it's possible that John Baker could wind up being the backup catcher, if Kottaras is indeed let go. If he is, that would seem to be a waste of a big-league contract.
Ryan Roberts could also make this team. If so, the Cubs could need up to four 40-man roster spots, for Roberts, Baker, Emilio Bonifacio and Ryan Kalish, who also has a shot at making this team.
Those would likely come from having Kyuji Fujikawa and James McDonald placed on the 60-day DL, and the spots vacated by Murphy and Kottaras.
Six days to Opening Day, decisions have to come soon.
Bonifacio 2B, Kalish RF, Rizzo 1B, Sweeney CF, Baez SS, Baker C, Roberts 3B, Coghlan LF, Edwards P
Javier Baez playing... and no TV. Oh, well.
Amarista SS, Smith LF, Blanks RF, Nady 1B, Rivera C, Spangenberg 2B, Gonzalez 3B, Jankowski CF, Cashner P
Ex-Cub night, with Xavier Nady, Alberto Gonzalez (who started 2013 with the Cubs) and Andrew Cashner.
C.J. Edwards, one of the centerpieces of the Matt Garza deal with the Rangers last fall, starts for the Cubs tonight. He's likely ticketed for Double-A Tennessee. Others scheduled: Zac Rosscup, Wesley Wright, Eric Jokisch and Blake Parker.
As noted above, former Cub Andrew Cashner, San Diego's Opening Day starter, will throw for the Padres this evening.
As noted above, there is no Chicago radio nor TV for tonight's game. There will be radio coverage via Padres radio, XPRS 1090, which should be available via MLB Audio (see the Mediacenter below).
For spring-training games, we'll have a first-pitch thread at game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For today's game, that will be 9 p.m. CT and 10:30 p.m. CT. These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked "Chicago Cubs Game Threads" at the bottom of the front page. They will also appear in this StoryStream™. The pitcher box and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.