Matt Garza shut down, likely to miss first month of the season
Per Carrie Muskat, Garza experienced more pain related to his strained lat muscle during a throwing session today. He's been shut down a week by the trainers, and it's "likely" that he'll miss the first month of the season. Carlos Villanueva is probably the happiest guy in the clubhouse right now. His four innings with one run yesterday certainly helps too.
Re: Garza's trade prospects
Jeff Samardzija named opening day starter
My one-year-ago self is still shaking his head.
At least Scott Baker is doing okay
(Knocks on all available wooden surfaces). He's on track to come back in mid-April.
Other injury news
Castro's hamstring is inflamed, but he still feels okay enough to hit in the batting cages this weekend. Ian Stewart doesn't sound much closer to coming back from his injury. It sucks for Stewart, this is exactly the worst time of the year for a player in his situation to get injured.
What the hell does Logan Watkins eat, anyway?
Just read this bizarre article. Who the fuck has never eaten oatmeal, or an orange?
Steve Clevenger to get some time in at 1b, 2b, 3b in the spring
He's filling in for Rizzo during the WBC, but what has he done for the Cubs to really want his bat in the lineup? I'll take this as a slight on Brent Lillibridge. I don't really get the point of Clevenger backing up Rizzo, since they're both left handed. The same goes with Valbuena at 3b. I look forward to the epic string of profanities from AndCounting if Clevenger makes the team.
Bunt tournament update
Carl Crawford was shut down with nerve irritation in his surgically repaired left elbow. I would say that the Red Sox are really regretting this Soriano-like deal, but they're not even paying him anymore.