2/27 Cubs Monday notebook

Paul Maholm was able to throw a side session on Monday but was sent home after that as he is still recovering from the flu.

“I think he got a little light headed and is still a little dehydrated from being sick,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.

Maholm was to participate in the team bunting tournament on Monday but his match with Rodrigo Lopez was postponed. The lefty won’t have to forfeit.

“That’s a legitimate excuse,” Sveum said. “I didn’t want to keep him around and get anybody else sick. We’ll make that match up probably [Tuesday] or the next day when he’s better.”

* Lopez will start the Cubs’ Cactus League opener on Sunday against the Athletics and be followed in the rotation by Ryan Dempster on March 5 against the A’s, and and Matt Garza the next day against the Rockies. Sveum said not to read too much into the order. Dempster was the Cubs’ Opening Day starter in 2011.

“We’ll make that decision in the middle [of spring],” Sveum said. “It’s set up to where we’re good with whatever we decide.”

* How different is Spring Training for Sveum, who was the Brewers hitting coach for six years before taking over the Cubs job as manager?

“I’d say [it’s different],” Sveum said. “You’re running the whole thing now. You’re accountable for everything, you’re staff’s accountable. You have to hold them accountable for what’s going on during the course of the day to make sure everything is running properly and everybody’s doing things the way you want them done. A lot of times you have two fields working fundamentals so you can’t be on the same field all the time.

“Yeah, it’s completely different, especially the last few years after being the hitting coach and all I had to do was be in the cage and watch people hit all the time.”

— Carrie Muskat

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