Spring recap: Cubs 6, Royals 5; Mets 9, Cubs 4
BY GORDON WITTENMYER Staff Reporter March 16, 2014 12:20AM
Updated: April 17, 2014 6:51AM
Javy glove, will travel
Cubs manager Rick Renteria said shortstop prospect Javy Baez — who has been practicing at second — will start at second in one of Monday’s split-squad games or Tuesday night against the Rangers. He hasn’t played the position since high school.
Anthony Rizzo, the core-player first baseman seeking a bounce-back season, hit his first two homers of the spring in Las Vegas off Mets veteran Bartolo Colon for the Cubs’ first three runs. Outfield prospect Brett Jackson hit his first homer of the spring against the Royals — a three-run shot that pulled the Cubs to 4-3 — then delivered a go-ahead, two-out, two-run single to center in the ninth.
Jake getting closer
Jake Arrieta, who’s expected to open the season on the DL for at least a rotation turn, has progressed from bullpen side sessions to a simulated game Sunday. He has been slowed by shoulder tightness but has said recently his shoulder feels normal.
Lefty James Russell, who made his spring debut Wednesday after a bout with “dead arm” slowed his spring work, is scheduled for his second outing in Sunday’s home split-squad game.
Indians at Cubs (ss), Mesa, 3:05 p.m., CSN, cubs.com (audio), Travis Wood vs. Justin Masterson; Cubs (ss) vs. Mets, Las Vegas, 3:05 p.m., Chris Rusin vs. Jenrry Mejia.