Injuries mounting; evaluating Jon Lester’s tough spring


The Chicago Cubs are banking – hard – on their roster depth as injuries mount, especially in the pitching staff, with Opening Day less than two weeks away.

Really, since the Chicago Cubs turned the corner from Lovable Losers to perennial contender, they’ve relied on tremendous depth. From the likes of last year’s hero, David Bote, to guys like Alex Avila and Trevor Cahill in recent years, Chicago has gotten tremendous contributions from guys who probably weren’t on your radar as fans.

This year, it seems likely to give us more of the same – especially with how Theo Epstein’s recent signings are looking. Brad Brach, who is supposed to be the biggest pen addition? Suffering from decreased velocity and recovering from a bout of mononucleosis that was bad enough the Cubs restructured his deal because of it.

Daniel Descalso, brought on to replace the traded Tommy La Stella and provide infield depth, is…



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