2/28 Wada and pitching matchups
Tsuyoshi Wada, who had been slowed because of a tight left hamstring, threw a live batting practice session on Saturday and passed all the tests.
“I thought he threw the ball really well,” manager Joe Maddon said. “I did not see any kind of restriction. He looked very, very healthy. The ball had a lot of movement on it. He looked good for his first time out after having been restricted because of his leg.”
What’s next for Wada is to be determined. The Cubs have outlined their pitching for the upcoming Cactus League games but Maddon wasn’t ready to reveal the rotation. The Cubs begin play Thursday with split-squad games against the Athletics at Sloan Park and against the Giants in Scottsdale.
Maddon also needs to talk with Jon Lester about the regular season Opening Day assignment. The left-hander was expected to start April 5 against the Cardinals.
“With Jon, I just need to talk to all the starters,” Maddon said. “[Pitching coach Chris Bosio] wanted to do it in the proper way and I have not been proper yet.”
On Sunday, Donn Roach, Blake Parker, Germen Gonzalez, Francisley Bueno, Joseph Ortiz and Anthony Carter are scheduled to throw live BP, weather permitting. If it rains, the players will get their work in the batting cages.
— Carrie Muskat