The Chicago Cubs suffered their worst loss of the exhibition season on Monday against the Cleveland Indians. The Indians took the offensive approach against the Cubs by earning a 13 to 5 victory on Monday.
The Pitching: Alberto Cabrera was the starting pitcher for the Cubs on Monday and struggled considerably. Cabrera allowed 5 runs on 7 hits while walking 1 in 2 and 2/3 innings of work. Brooks Raley struggled as well as the pitcher threw 2 and 1/3 innings while allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits and 1 walk. Ty’Relle Harris was no better as the pitcher allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in his inning of work. Casey Coleman pitched two scoreless innings while Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning as well.
The Offense: There wasn’t much to be excited about in regards to the Cubs’ offense against the Indians on Monday. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano had a strong showing by going 2 for 2 while belting out his first home run of the Spring. Prospects Logan Watkins and Jorge Soler were both 1 for 3 on the day.
Notes From Around Camp
- Shortstop Starlin Castro will remain sidelined at least until Saturday. Castro is dealing with a hamstring injury, and the Cubs are taking the cautious approach. The shortstop is not in jeopardy of starting the season on the disabled list.
- Injured third baseman Ian Stewart has resumed baseball activity by hitting in the batting cages, however, the oft-inured third baseman likely is still a week away from returning to game action. Stewart will presumably have two weeks to prove that he is worthy of a roster spot. If Stewart is healthy, I find it hard pressed that he wouldn’t make the roster. Both Luis Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge are good role players, but a platoon between the two at the third base position likely will not be successful.
- The Cubs on Monday, agreed to terms with all of their 21 pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those players were second baseman Darwin Barney, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, and catcher Welington Castillo.