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Cubs leaving their bullpen up in the air


Cubs leaving their bullpen up in the air

TEMPE, Ariz. Dale Sveum wouldnt tip his hand and reveal how the Cubs are leaning as they put the finishing touches on their bullpen.

Well wait and see in a couple days, Sveum said before Sundays 6-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. (No), I wouldnt say were any closer. There are still performances out there.

In essence, there are eight relievers left in camp even if all the paperwork hasnt been filed yet and seven spots in the bullpen. Working backwards, Carlos Marmol, Kerry Wood, Rafael Dolis and James Russell are in, and Rodrigo Lopez is the only obvious long man still standing.

Sveum has talked up Shawn Camp, a veteran reliever recently picked up after his release from the Seattle Mariners. Camp pitched 1.2 scoreless innings on Sunday and struck out three of the six batters he faced.

Its no secret the front office would like to add a second left-hander to the mix alongside Russell. The Cubs manager wouldnt rule out adding another arm.

Theres a possibility, Sveum said. I dont know of any talk or anything like that. Obviously, theres a chance of somebody coming up and getting released in the next few days. Theres always an opportunity or a possibility.

In what may be his final chance to make an impression, Manuel Corpas is scheduled to pitch Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It could be down to Corpas or Lendy Castillo, a converted infielderRule 5 pick from the Philadelphia Phillies who has pitched 111 minor-league innings in his career, all at Class-A or lower.

Wood the only established setup man on the roster is supposed to throw a full inning on Monday in his final tune-up. There could be times where Sveum will use Marmol before the ninth.

Winning the game is the most important, obviously, Sveum said. But in the scheme of things, the least amount of pitches we can get these guys to throw, the better. If hes going into games and hes having quick innings and quick saves without the 20 to 30 (pitch counts), then, yeah, youll use him for four outs, maybe five.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.