Cubs leaving their bullpen up in the air


Cubs leaving their bullpen up in the air

TEMPE, Ariz. Dale Sveum wouldnt tip his hand and reveal how the Cubs are leaning as they put the finishing touches on their bullpen.

Well wait and see in a couple days, Sveum said before Sundays 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. (No), I wouldnt say were any closer. There are still performances out there.

In essence, there are eight relievers left in camp even if all the paperwork hasnt been filed yet and seven spots in the bullpen. Working backwards, Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Rafael Dolis and James Russell are in, and Rodrigo Lopez is the only obvious long man still standing.

Sveum has talked up Shawn Camp, a veteran reliever recently picked up after his release from the Seattle Mariners. Camp pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on Sunday and struck out three of the six batters he faced.

Its no secret the front office would like to add a second left-hander to the mix alongside Russell. The Cubs manager wouldnt rule out adding another arm.

Theres a possibility, Sveum said. I dont know of any talk or anything like that. Obviously, theres a chance of somebody coming up and getting released in the next few days. Theres always an opportunity or a possibility.

In what may be his final chance to make an impression, Manuel Corpas is scheduled to pitch Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It could be down to Corpas or Lendy Castillo, a converted infielderRule 5 pick from the Philadelphia Phillies who has pitched 111 minor-league innings in his career, all at Class-A or lower.

Wood the only established setup man on the roster is supposed to throw a full inning on Monday in his final tune-up. There could be times where Sveum will use Marmol before the ninth.

Winning the game is the most important, obviously, Sveum said. But in the scheme of things, the least amount of pitches we can get these guys to throw, the better. If hes going into games and hes having quick innings and quick saves without the 20 to 30 (pitch counts), then, yeah, youll use him for four outs, maybe five.

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

White Sox may have to deal with Francisco Lindor for a while, according to unlikely source

Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things. 

In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.

On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family. 

Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather. 

Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!

Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above. 

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Fast Break Morning Update: Bulls explode offensively to beat Bucks; Blackhawks battle Lightning tonight on CSN

Here are some of the top Chicago sports stories from a busy Sunday: 

Tonight on CSN: Blackhawks look to bounce back vs. Lightning

Nikola Mirotic, Bulls show some moxie in road win over Bucks

Today on CSN: White Sox battle Dodgers in spring training game

From ‘When It Happens’ to ‘Where It Happens,’ Cubs mining next generation of talent

Will lopsided loss shake Blackhawks from their slumber?

White Sox rookie Charlie Tilson's foot could keep him out until late May

Joe Maddon doesn’t have any concerns about new Cubs closer Wade Davis

Nick Delmonico takes advantage of fresh start with White Sox

Cubs expect Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell to be ready for Opening Night

Owners to consider on and off field changes this week during NFL meetings