1. Yu Darvish dazzles in very first batting-apply session.
There will be increased challenges for Yu Darvish as he returns from correct elbow surgical procedure, but his very first bullpen session fueled additional optimism that he can return to form.
“He threw the ball really well,” manager Joe Maddon reported just after observing the latter part of Darvish’s session. “He was truly no cost and enable it go. His ball had a great finish at the conclude.
“When I saw him great for so numerous decades, I truly imagined he had good low have/finish off the conclude. And off that will come the breaking things. So he looked great, and I’m really happy.”
Javier Baez knows the environment at numerous Cubs Conventions and he also is a friend of Cardinals All-Star catcher and fellow Puerto Rican Yadier Molina.
So Baez offered an exciting observation from the fallout from Kris Bryant stating St. Louis is “boring” in the course of Ryan Dempster’s comedy demonstrate at the convention previous thirty day period and Molina’s reply that only “stupid gamers and losers” make enjoyment of other cities.
“I was not surprised,” Baez reported. “I know Yadi, and he desires to protect his group and his town. KB was not trying to demonstrate any individual up. It was a amusing demonstrate, and (Dempster) is trying to get our enthusiasts heading.”
3. Mike Montgomery is still sidelined.
Left-hander Mike Montgomery has however to throw off a mound because of still left shoulder stiffness.
“I could possibly have accelerated (my throwing) a tiny far too brief,” Montgomery reported. “I took a step back again. I must be throwing off a mound by the conclude of the week.”
Maddon had no update on infielder Ben Zobrist, who skipped his second consecutive training.
4. Addison Russell is grateful for the guidance.
Addison Russell admitted Friday’s news conference, in which he admitted he inflicted “hurt” and “pain” on his ex-wife, was “pretty difficult,” but the Cubs shortstop was grateful for the guidance from his teammates and Chairman Tom Ricketts.
“Second chances really do not arrive far too generally, and it’s specific any time I arrive in this clubhouse,” Russell reported. “It’s specific any time I step on the subject. As human beings, we’re heading to make errors, but you have acquired to get far better at the conclude of the working day. You make errors in existence and in the video game. I just want to be a far better particular person, a far better player.”
Russell was put on administrative depart Sept. 21 and didn’t play the relaxation of the period. But he was coping with a swollen still left middle finger for most of the period, and the time off permitted his finger and correct throwing shoulder to relaxation and get more powerful.
“I definitely need to demonstrate (the shoulder) additional attention, and I feel truly sturdy correct now,” Russell reported. “I feel I’m in good condition. I began functioning out early in the offseason, and I’m feeling good. The complete body feels good.”
George Kontos was grateful to be a part of the Giants’ 2012 and 2014 teams that received Environment Collection titles below Bruce Bochy, who on Monday introduced he’ll be retiring just after the period.
Kontos averaged 50 appearances in six seasons with the Giants and felt additional at ease with every period below Bochy. The Giants relievers sit in the 3rd-foundation dugout in the course of most of the games, which afforded Kontos to choose up on some of Bochy’s deception.
“I paid out attention to how he managed games and tips he’d play with other managers with deep warmups and outmanaging other managers, and now that truly helps make a distinction in a baseball video game,” Kontos reported. “He’s been carrying out it so long, and his best strength is getting even keel. There was no worry.”