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Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Pain-free, takes batting practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zobrist (back) took batting practice Saturday and said he's not dealing with any pain in his back, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Zobrist noted his back was still a little stiff, though the veteran utility man doesn't appear too worried about the issue. It's still unclear when he'll be able to make his 2018 Cactus League debut, but the Cubs will likely continue to exercise caution with the 36-year-old early on in camp.

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Cubs' Ian Happ: In contention for leadoff role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is auditioning for the Cubs' leadoff spot, Carrie Muskat of reports.

Happ hit leadoff in the Cubs' Cactus League opener against the Brewers on Friday. Manager Joe Maddon cautioned against reading too much into a spring lineup, but said that Happ, Kyle Schwarber, and Albert Almora are among those in contention for the the leadoff role. Happ led off eight times for the Cubs in 2017, though his .328 on-base percentage is somewhat low for a table-setter. If he were to win the job and bat in front of Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, his run total would jump up, but that would be offset by a drop in RBI, so the net effect won't be huge.

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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo: Will play in Saturday's spring game
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Rizzo (personal) will take the field against the Rangers on Saturday for the club's second Cactus League contest, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Rizzo stepped away from the Cubs' camp for a few days in the wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. where he graduated from in 2007. The first baseman returned to Chicago's spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. and will ready to go moving forward.

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Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Returns to field
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zobrist (back) was able to take the field for the first time this spring, Carrie Muskat of reports.

There hasn't been any word as to what Zobrist was able to do, but it's a good sign that the 36-year-old was out there in some capacity. He has been fighting a back injury since the beginning of spring camp and won't play during the club's Cactus League opener against Milwaukee on Friday.

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Cubs' Victor Caratini: Vying for backup catcher role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Caratini has a chance to open the season as Chicago's backup catcher but may also spend more time at Triple-A to develop further, Carrie Muskat of reports.

This is a tough situation for the Cubs, as the young catcher already proved he can rake at Triple-A. In 292 at-bats with the I-Cubs, he slashed .342/.393/.558 with 10 homers and 61 RBI. That said, some think that it would hurt his development if he only played once or twice per week, as he would if he was in the big leagues backing up Willson Contreras. Caratini held his own in 59 MLB at-bats, hitting .254 with a home run, but with veteran Chris Gimenez in camp as a non-roster invitee, the Cubs can afford to keep Caratini in the minors a bit longer. This situation should become clearer as spring training rolls along, but Caratini certainly has done enough to warrant a spot on the big-league roster.

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2017 Team Leaders
AVGKris Bryant , 3B.295
HRAnthony Rizzo , 1B32
RBIAnthony Rizzo , 1B109
OBPKris Bryant , 3B.409
SLGKris Bryant , 3B.537
RKris Bryant , 3B111
SBAnthony Rizzo , 1B10
WJake Arrieta , SP14
ERAJake Arrieta , SP3.53
WHIPJake Arrieta , SP1.22
KJose Quintana , SP207
SVWade Davis , RP32

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