Cubs spring-training recap


This is a 2012 photo of Blake DeWitt of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Cubs’ active roster as of Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, when this image was taken in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)


For the record

St. Rita grad Tony Zych, the Cubs’ fourth-round draft pick last June, got a rare chance to pitch at the end of a big-league spring game when the team ran out of scheduled pitchers. He gave up the winning home run to A’s farmhand Yordy Cabrera.

Position watch

Infielder Blake DeWitt, who went from signing a $1.1 million deal to being outrighted off the 40-man roster in a three-week span, started making his case for a bench job with a three-run homer off Bartolo Colon in the second inning. DeWitt, batting as the DH, also walked. He’ll bat third and start at second base Tuesday.

Prospect watch

Josh Vitters, the third pick in the 2007 draft, was errorless in a start at third base. He also delivered a one-out RBI double to left field during the Cubs’ three-run fourth inning.

Right-hander Casey Weathers, a first-rounder the Cubs acquired from the Rockies in the Ian Stewart trade, induced two grounders and a pop-up for a 1-2-3 inning of relief in his debut.

On deck

Rockies (1-0) at Cubs (0-2), 2:05 p.m., 720-AM. Matt Garza, James Russell, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub, Andy Sonanstine, Trever Miller, Casey Coleman and Esmailin Caridad are scheduled to pitch.

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