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by Derek Smart
This tidbit from yesterday’s People’s Paper made me warm and fuzzy all over:
Utility player Jerry Hairston Jr. already is ticketed to be the backup left fielder, with the idea that Todd Hollandsworth probably will start there on Opening Day.
But even though Jose Macias is the primary backup to third baseman Aramis Ramirez, the Cubs had Hairston taking ground balls there during practice Saturday.
Just think: if Hairston can handle third, there is officially no reason for Macias to be on the roster. That doesn’t mean he won’t be, but if he’s not filling a specific need, there’s at least a shot he’ll be jettisoned, and that’s…….mmmmmmmm…….yummy.