Sveum thinks more night games at Wrigley will benefit Cubs
(MCT) — MESA, Ariz. — The Chicago Cubs are trying to change a city ordinance to add more than their current allotment of 30 night games, but whether it will happen in 2013 is anyone’s guess.
“Personally I like the day games,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said. “It’s the routine I get in at home. I feel like the night games will throw me off a little bit. ... (But it really) doesn’t matter, day or night. It’s still baseball.”
Manager Dale Sveum believes more night games at Wrigley Field would benefit the team.
“It’s something that’s always going to help,” he said. “The one thing you try to stay away from is the different start times four to five days in a row. That’s what throws your (body) clock off. It’s not so much day games as going from the night games to 1 (p.m.) to 2 to 3. Those are the things you worry about.”
Rotation roulette: Sveum on Thursday named Scott Feldman his No. 4 starter and said rehabbing Scott Baker might not be ready for opening day, meaning he could start on the disabled list.
“There’s an above-average chance Baker is going to start just a little bit late, just because you don’t want to rush him,” he said.
That would leave Travis Wood the favorite for the No. 5 spot, with Carlos Villanueva also in the mix.
Baker said nothing “definitive” has been said to him.
“I feel they genuinely care about my 100 percent recovery and they’re not just throwing me out there,” he said. “As far as three days into spring training, it’s too hard to tell (if I will be ready). These things are never black and white, but as long as I’m progressing it’s hard to be disappointed in whatever the decision is.”
Campana watch: Rizzo spoke with Tony Campana, whom the Cubs designated for assignment. It’s likely Campana will be traded by Wednesday. Campana’s speed makes him a valuable commodity on the bench, though he has yet to prove himself as a hitter.
“Everyone over here is pulling for him,” Rizzo said. “He’ll get picked up somewhere. ... I can think of teams in my head right away that could just bring him in. Right now, our team isn’t the fit for him, to be honest. We need more power instead of speed.”