Dr. Dusty, the man with the plan
The Cubs took their first action of the year yesterday, holding a little intrasquad scrimmage in which the A team beat the B, 9-2. Lee hit a 2-run double and Jacque Jones clubbed two hits off left-handed pitching (note: he's a career .227 against them southpaws), a HR off Rich "Going Down" Hill and a single off Koronka.
Apart from that, the day's media releases were full of medical-esque quotes and insight from the man himself, Dusty B.
On Aramis Ramirez and his aching knees:
"He's fine, but we still have to watch him... most of the time you get hurt when you're tired. We have to build him up to nine innings so he'll be ready when the season starts."
On Todd Walker and his everyday status:
"I've got a game plan.... some of it depends on how healthy Todd feels, how his legs feel. He's still recuperating from last year at the end of the year. With the hard ground down here, it puts pressure on your legs."
On Kerry Wood and Wade Miller, who are both apparently close to throwing to hitters off the mound, and who could be ready for SP duty in May:
"They're looking good -- they're looking real good.... Who knows what you may need [by then]? Before it's over with, who knows? We may need all of them. I've been on teams who look like we have too many, and it's barely enough."