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Some good news today on the injury front, the Cubs have activated Kyuji Fujikawa from the DL and he will join the team in Washington tonight. Rafael Dolis was sent back to Iowa, and Kameron Loe refused his assignment to Iowa so he has been released. Fujikawa, assuming he is healthy should calm down a bullpen that has been shaky to say the least. With the emergence of Kevin Gregg as the new Cubs closer they now have a formidable seventh (Russell) eighth (Fujikawa) and ninth (Gregg). Wouldn’t be surprised to see Russell and Fujikawa flipped so that Fuji can ease his way back into the bullpen rotation. On paper at least it looks like the toughest spot for the bullpen will be that middle guy, sixth/seventh innings. Luckily for the Cubs their starting pitching has done a tremendous job of getting the ball to the seventh inning, if they can keep doing that they might start seeing no decisions start turning into wins.
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It’s only two games, but it’s certainly a disturbing trend. For the second straight game the Cubs played great baseball through 7 innings, and seemed to be on their way to a victory. Instead of being 2-0, they are now 0-2 after Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol both were terrible for the second straight afternoon. Heading to the 8th inning the Cubs led 4-2 with Kerry Wood taking the mound. Things went well enough early as Wood set down the first two Nationals hitters that he faced, then things got ugly, really fast. Danny Espinosa got the rally started launching a solo shot to the left center bleachers to make it a 4-3 game. No harm done, solo home runs will happen, especially with the wind blowing out, but Wood unraveled. Wood gave up a broken bat single to Ryan Zimmerman, then another base hit to Adam Laroche, and just like that his day was over. Sveum decided to go back to Marmol to try to get out of the inning, but that only threw gasoline on the fire. Marmol started his effort with a walk to Jayson Werth, he then gave up a two run single to Chad Tracy, and ended his day with by giving up a double to Bernadina and just like that it was 6-4 Nats, and the game was all but lost.
The Cubs coaching staff and front office continues to mull over the final members of the bullpen with some saying that the final decisions will not be made until the Cubs workout day at Wrigley on Wednesday. In the meantime, here are all the position players that will be on the Cubs 25 man roster opening day.
The Cubs trimmed another number off their camp roster today by outrighting Andy Sonnanstine to Triple-A Iowa. Sonnanstine, who was signed by the Cubs on December 26 has been particularly bad this spring. The 29-year-old right hander gave up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks over five innings while striking out three. Sonnanstine was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring, he could still help the Cubs out down the road later this season, but that remains to be seen. The move takes Sonnanstine off of the Cubs 40-man roster which now stands at 39 players. The Cubs camp roster is down to 47 players, 21 pitchers, five catchers, and 12 infielders.
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