Coghlan's health to help determine final roster spots

Outfielder sidelined with neck stiffness

Coghlan's health to help determine final roster spots

PHOENIX -- The Cubs did not make any roster moves Friday, and most likely will wait until Sunday to make sure outfielder Chris Coghlan is healthy enough for the start of the regular season.

Coghlan was scratched from a game Wednesday because of a stiff neck, which he felt in his last game.

"I wish I knew -- I would change whatever it was," Coghlan said. "It just started feeling tight during the game. I could play tonight, but why? You've got 162 [games]. Get treatment, do regular routine, get treatment and go play on Sunday."

If Coghlan is healthy, the Cubs have three players -- Ryan Sweeney, Matt Szczur and Jonathan Herrera -- battling for two spots.

Szczur, a right-handed hitter, batted .362 (17-for-47) with five home runs, two doubles, two triples and three stolen bases in 21 games this spring, while Sweeney, a left-handed hitter, batted .200 (7-for-35) with three doubles and one stolen base.

Herrera, a non-roster invitee who has played for the Rockies and Red Sox, batted .300 (12-for-40) in 21 games and would be a valuable addition because he can back up at second and short.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.