Albert Almora Jr. has simply eight singles and the very best ground-ball charge within the majors to point out for his first 11 video games of the season, together with seven begins.
However the supervisor plans no modifications in Almora’s position within the lineup rotation, so search for the middle fielder to be again within the leadoff spot Friday towards the Angels and left-hander Tyler Skaggs.
“I might advise him to not change something. I believe he seems to be actually good,” Maddon mentioned of swing that hasn’t modified since Almora’s sturdy spring efficiency. “I like his strategy, which means I like his bodily, mechanical strategy.
“I believe he’s high-quality,” Maddon added. “It’s only a matter of him staying throughout the zone. … It’s only a matter of time – he’ll get on his sizzling streak. He’ll get disgustingly sizzling [like he does] generally and also you simply can’t get him out.”
Chatwood for 75?
After Tyler Chatwood threw near 60 pitches Wednesday night time between a brief bullpen session and an inning of the sport towards the Pirates that night time, Maddon mentioned a 75-pitch max in Sunday’s spot begin is “not an unreasonable quantity.”
Chatwood, who misplaced his beginning job final yr due to traditionally dangerous command, pitched a scoreless eighth Wednesday and mentioned he’s prepared for no matter is requested when he takes the injured Jon Lester’s flip Sunday.
“He’s pitching with much more confidence,” Maddon mentioned. “We’ll see. Stuff-wise he’s pretty much as good as anyone on our workers.”
If Sunday’s depressing climate forecast is true, the sport could possibly be in jeopardy of postponement, during which case the Cubs have indicated the chance Chatwood would keep within the bullpen as they head to Miami for a sequence opener Monday.
One other step for Montgomery
Left-hander Mike Montgomery (lat pressure) threw a 26-pitch bullpen session Thursday with out problem and is anticipated to throw at the very least yet another over the weekend earlier than the Cubs begin plotting his return from the injured record.
He’s eligible Monday however extra possible would return, barring setback, throughout the six-game homestand that begins April 19.
Montgomery’s spouse is also due with their first youngster within the coming days.
The Cubs launched right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng, presumably after he cleared waivers, 5 days after he was designated for project to make room on the 40-man roster so as to add Allen Webster to the Cubs’ bullpen.
Tseng, 24, who made a spot begin every of the final two seasons for the Cubs, had a tough season at Class AAA Iowa final yr. He had not pitched this yr.