Manager Dale Sveum said there’s a good chance the Chicago Cubs will take five outfielders north, leaving some competition for the final spot.
Dave Sappelt, Darnell McDonald and Brian Bogusevic have been mentioned as three candidates for the opening. Brent Lillibridge is virtually assured of a utilityman spot, and can play outfield or all four infield positions.
Sveum also said catcher Steve Clevenger could also be in the mix for a bench spot, despite the fact Welington Castillo and Dioner Navarro are assured of making the team.
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“You’re going to see him playing a lot more first,” Sveum said. “With (Anthony) Rizzo gone (on Monday to play with Team Italy), we’ll get him at first, and put him at second in a split squad, because we might lack that left-handed bat. And if you can have that third catcher to where you can pinch-run and not worry about the other catcher getting hurt, that comes into the mix.
“It all depends on what happens at third base, a lot of these decisions. But it’s a long spring, certain guys are capable of doing that, Clevenger, at the beginning (of 2012) had some success pinch-hitting.”
Clevenger played second base in 2006 at Class-A Boise, and four games at third in the minors.
Sveum said he would probably keep Starlin Castro out until Monday, giving his left hamstring some more rest.
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