Good news and bad news out of Mesa.
First the good news: Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Marmol both looked good in spring action. Zambrano faced the minimum in his 2 innings pitched. He struck out 3 of the 6 batters he faced and did not allow a hit or walk. Carlso Marmol also pitched a perfect inning – striking out 2 of 3 batters in the process.
The bad news: The D’backs tagged the Cubs for 5 runs in the 4th inning to break the game open, en route to an easy 9-1 win. More importantly, Milton Bradley, the Cubs big free agent signee still isn’t ready for game action. He is dealing with a sore thigh muscle and the Cubs are being patient with Bradley.
Great – the one big splash the Cubs make this off-season is already dealing with injury issues. Bradley has always had injury problems and let’s hope this isn’t an omen of bad things to come.