Carlos Zambrano has been in Mesa for nearly a month, and Kevin Millar was the second to show up, and get early work in. There are currently over 40 players there right now, according to the cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush. Several players are preparing for spring competition for roster spots on the cubs opening day roster, there aren't a lot of openings and several players will be competing for just a few spots.
Several cubs were serious about about being in top physical shape this year. Geovanny Soto lost 37 pounds, and is poised for a comeback after a disappointing sophmore slump. Carlos Zambrano has worked hard this offseason as well and looks like he is in great shape and wants to prove he is a true ace! Tyler Colvin hit the weights, working out with Tim Buss the cubs strength and conditioning coach, adding 25 pounds of muscle.
Kevin Millar who has played first base most of his career, came up as a third baseman and has been working hard, he intends to show he can still play the position. He knows he is a long shot to make the cubs roster, but wants to show he can still compete with the best of them. He will be battling for a backup job at 1st and 3rd base as well as a cubs 6th outfielder. He was on the Waddle and Silvy show ESPN 1000 last friday.
Players I can confirm are at spring training already include Carlos Zambrano, Kevin Millar, Tyler Colvin, Jeff Samardzija, Bryan LaHair, Randy Wells, Sean Marshall, John Grabow, Tom Gorzellany, and Sam Fuld, along with a bunch of minor leaguers, according to Tim Sheridan. Pitchers and Catchers officially report on wednesday, with their first organized workout on thursday. Position players officially report on February 22nd with the first full work out on the 23rd. The cubs first spring training game is against Oakland on March 4th, the cubs first season game is on April 5th against the Atlanta Braves. Position battles in spring training will be for the starting rotation, the bullpen, and backup spots, it should make for a very interesting spring. Let's Go Cubs!
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