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Hello. Greetings from Fluville. Ugh. At least it’s warm here. I’m treating my illness with massive doses of vitamin C, vitamin CBD, and gallons of diet Coke. It’s working, or at least I feel a minimum of my immune system’s responses.

I do feel a need for baseball, though. It’s getting closer. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12, and the first full-team workout is scheduled for Feb. 18. Hell, we almost have content these days. Soon, we’ll have game results and analysis, ritual calls for players’ scalps, and the usual hue and cry from the hoi polloi. I myself will enjoy the spectacle on the idiot box populi and report to you via these electronic pulses.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Expect Pedro Strop to begin the season as the Cubs’ primary option for save opportunities, given Brandon Morrow’s situation. Morrow underwent a debridement procedure on his right elbow in November and will likely miss at least the first couple weeks of the regular season. That will likely lead to more chances for Strop, who has a 2.63 ERA in 361 games with the Cubs over parts of the past six seasons. He notched 13 saves in ‘18 when Morrow was also injured. The heavily-used Steve Cishek will present another option, and the Cubs also have an agreement in place with righty Brad Brach, who has closing experience over the course of his career. -- Jordan Bastian.

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