• Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson was scratched from Friday's lineup against Team Japan because of lingering soreness in his right shoulder. His status was day to day. Jackson, projected to open at Iowa, was batting .313 in 13 games this spring.
"It's a little more than that [tightness, stiffness] to take himself out of the lineup," Sveum said. "It doesn't bother him hitting, just pinches when he throws."
• Starling Peralta, who was selected by the Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft, was returned to the Cubs on Friday. Peralta was 5-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 20 games (17 starts) last season for Class A Peoria, striking out 86 over 99 1/3 innings. That included a 14-strikeout game Aug. 7 against Clinton.
• Anthony Rizzo, who was playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, was expected to rejoin the Cubs in time to play Saturday when the team faces the Royals at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. Rizzo and Italy were eliminated Wednesday in Miami by the Dominican Republic.
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