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The Cubs are hoping they have enough depth, and the addition of players like outfielders Dexter Fowler and Shane Victorino certainly helps. Maddon can't wait for the games to begin. The Cubs open Cactus League play Thursday against the Brewers.
"I just want to watch us play for the next couple weeks, and I think just by watching us play, not to trying to evaluate performance but trying to sort out mentally where do all these different parts fit," Maddon said. "You can write it all on a piece of paper, but I like watching."
• Yutaka Sudo, 78, a former manager of the Tokyo Giants, was in Cubs camp on Tuesday. Sudo's teams would face Maddon's Angels squads during instructional league games in Mesa 30 years ago.
"I call him 'Skipper-san,'" Maddon said of Sudo, who lives in Arizona for three months of the year.
As Sudo was leaving, he told Maddon that he would be at Wrigley Field to watch a World Series game.
"You will be my guest," Maddon responded.
• Outfielder Matt Murton has been slowed after needing surgery to have his appendix removed. Murton, 34, is a non-roster invitee in camp, rejoining the Cubs after playing six seasons in Japan with Hanshin.
• Cubs players had a shorter workout Tuesday so they could take part in a golf outing. Lackey was paired with pitcher Rex Brothers.
"I'm hoping he's good. I'm not that good," Lackey said. "A couple years from now, I'll be able to work on [golf] a lot."
Maddon was matched up with reliever Justin Grimm.
"We've already made a pact. He's going to get us off the tee and I'll cover the short game," Maddon said.