Extra bases

• The Cubs are realistic. They know they don't have much speed on the roster.

"Let's get one thing straight: We don't have a lot of basestealers; we don't have a lot of what I call larceny guys," Sveum said. "You won't see a whole lot of that going on. We're not going to try to trick people, we're going to have to do it by being smart on the bases and being aggressive."

Tony Campana led the Cubs last season with 30 steals, but he's now with the D-backs. Next in line was Starlin Castro, who had 25 steals.

• Every morning, David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Darwin Barney put their "Breakfast" shirts on and go to work. The three have been following a rigorous training program this spring that they hope keeps them strong during the 162-game season. The players had shirts made up that say "Breakfast" to wear and help motivate them.

"My trainer sent me something, [Rizzo's] trainer sent me something and we mix and match," DeJesus said of the workout. "We make sure everything is incorporated. It's core, and we want to build some strength but not go crazy. We're not going to be bodybuilders but want to stay strong.

"People have this myth they want to maintain, maintain, but as the season goes on, it gets hot and maintaining levels go down," DeJesus said. "You want to increase, but very minimal increase weight. You want to stay strong."

So far, no plans for T-shirts that say "Lunch" or "Dinner."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.