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Cubs expect LaHair to see action soon

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Cubs expect LaHair to see action soon

Bryan LaHair looked at it this way: Hey, Im here. The Cubs first baseman could have been somewhere like Des Moines, Iowa, or Tacoma, Wash.

Those were two stops along the way for the 29-year-old LaHair, a 39th-round pick who had never before experienced Opening Day in the big leagues. If he was disappointed about sitting out with a nagging back issue, he hid it very well.

Ive been kind of preparing myself mentally over the last few days, LaHair said Thursday, just to be ready whenever Im ready. The most important thing is to not go backwards. Just keep going forward and keep getting better.

LaHair wasnt included in the flurry of moves the Cubs made for Opening Day: selecting the contracts of reliever Shawn Camp, infielder Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather; and optioning outfielder Tony Campana and pitcher Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa. The Tampa Bay Rays claimed left-hander John Gaub off waivers. Soon Rodrigo Lopez is expected to join the Cubs bullpen.

LaHair said the disabled list isnt an option, and he expects to be available this weekend against the Washington Nationals (Jeff Baker started in his absence). LaHair sat out the final four games in spring training with what was described as a bulging disc. He doesnt sound too concerned.

Ive been making huge gains each day, he said. Ill bet you 90 percent of the hitters in baseball have that.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: