Joe Maddon acknowledged the near impossibility that Anderson — a career starter with a complex health-related prep regimen — could open in bullpen.
Joe Maddon said catcher Montero’s improved look this spring won’t mean more playing time for the two-time All-Star. Willson Contreras is the starter.
Joe Maddon hopes to keep Brett Anderson healthy enough to pitch at least 160 innings this season, which he believes will mean “significant numbers.”
Left-hander Brett Anderson and his bosses agree if he can stay healthy they can expect strong results this season in a starting role.
Lefties Brett Anderson and Mike Montgomery would share the fifth spot and occasionally both work as part of an intermittent six-man rotation.
Montgomery starts Saturday vs. the A’s in the home half of a split-squad doubleheader; Brett Anderson, also vying for the fifth job, starts Monday.
The new Cubs left-hander said he wasn’t referring to all Cub fans with his name-calling tweet during the playoffs.