Extra bases

• Hoyer would not say whether the Cubs are still talking to Jeff Samardzija about a contract extension, or if the team would discuss anything this season.

"We'll keep that in-house," Hoyer said. "In general, it's up to the player [whether to talk in-season]. We don't have any problem negotiating in-season. I don't have to hit a fastball or throw a strike. It doesn't bother me or [president of baseball operations Theo Epstein], but if he or his agent thinks it'll influence a performance at all, then we don't do it. We take it on a case-by-case basis."

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.