As everyone knows spring training is almost over and the Cubs have shown some great progress in hitting and pitching. But still the Chicago Cubs have ran into some issues. One of the major issues was Castro's hamstring injury, but hopefully this will be nothing more than just poor conditioning.
One other injury issue is that of Scott Baker, reports are telling us that he will be sidelined indefinitely after a MRI on his throwing elbow. He failed to finish his first inning in spring training and is still feeling discomfort in his elbow. With all of the Cubs new additions to the pitching staff the Cubs shouldn't have a problem with filling the hole in the starting rotation.
With Javier Baez being the highlight to the Cubs spring he has overshadowed almost everyone else. With an average on over .300 Baez hit 4 home runs and had 10 RBI's. This gives the Cubs optimistic for the infield and could possible fill the gap at the hot corner for years to come. Other highlights include Nate Schierholtz and Brian Bogusevic. Both having 30 or more at bats each player had an outstanding average and great fielding. Schierholtz who was picked up during the offseason will help out in right field and Bogusevic is a hard working shortstop trying to earn a spot on this years roster.
As for pitching the two that stand out the most would have to be Travis Wood and Chris Rusin. Each of these pitchers have yet to lose a game in the spring and both support era's under 3.00. These pitchers could add great support to our starting rotation. Wood who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds and has high expectations for the Cubs. Also Rusin is highly liked by Coach Dale Svuem and will bring a much needed lefty to the starting rotation.
Overall the spring has given the Cubs so new insight on all of their players and gave lots of optimism and excitement to both the fans and the ball club. Hoping for a great season the Cubs will face off against the Pittsburg Pirates on April 1st! Please leave your advice, thoughts and comments below..and always Go Cubs Go!!!