Spring Training Notes
Today, Carlos Silva left the game with a quad injury that hopefully isn't very seriously. He's pitched well this spring, despite our expectations, and we've chronicled his increasing effectiveness here. He added a nice line today, too, though he left after the 2nd inning. Additionally, judging by Muskat's previously linked blog post, Silva may have only surrendered the homer as a direct result of the injury. His updated starts lines:
Game IP H ER BB SO HR GO FO
one 2 7 6 0 2 2 2 1
two 3 4 0 1 0 0 5 3
thr. 4 2 0 0 3 0 4 3
for. 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2
After the HR in the 2nd (when Silva was apparently injured), he also walked and then struck out the following two batters.
It appears the bullpen is cementing up, as Justin Berg has officially made the team, according to Lou. This leaves pretty much one spot for -- hopefully -- Mike Parisi. Berselius examines this at length at Another Cubs Blog.
Also, we discovered last week that Mike Fontenot, in addition to winning the starting second base position, will be the Ryan Theriot's backup SS. This leads me to ask: Why aren't we platooning the second base position?! I'm perfectly happy with young star, Starlin Castro, cast as a full time player in AAA, but I don't see any harm in platooning the second base position, given Fontenot's and Jeff Baker's (relatively small) history of dramatic splits.