It has been two weeks since pitchers and catchers reported for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are preparing for their Cactus League opener on Feb. 23. They’ll open their 2013 MLB schedule when they play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Apr. 1.
What can Cubs fans expect from their team? Let’s hope they have enough players to field a team on Opening Day.
After Matt Garza suffered a mild lat strain that will force him to miss at least one week, Ian Stewart and Josh Vitters both suffered quad injuries. Those injuries are probably mild strains that will require a few recovery days. Stewart will undergo an MRI for his injury.
Stewart injured his left quad when he was running the bases. The injury happened while he was rounding first base. It was his first action since he underwent wrist surgery in July.
It’s discouraging to see these types of fluke injuries continue to affect Stewart’s career. The Cubs are hoping that Stewart can beat out Luis Valbuena for the starting job at third base. However, with Stewart and Vitters both down, Valbuena will have the first chance to impress.
This past off-season, the Cubs signed Stewart to a one-year, $2 million contract. If Stewart continues to have health issues, he won’t return after this season. He’ll need a spectacular season if he wants to hold off Javier Baez and Junior Lake.
The Cubs are supposed to have more quality depth. That theory has been tested early and often in spring training. Fans are about to find out how true it is.