Oak Lawn’s Brian Bogusevic has been one of the proverbial spring surprises in camp, and is the leading candidate for the fifth outfielder’s spot. “He’s been the Joe Mather of camp so far,” manager Dale Sveum said, referring to last year’s non-roster invitee who won a roster spot. “The at-bats he’s putting together, the at-bats he’s had against left-handed pitching, and the track record he has in the big leagues as a pinch-hitter as well ... He’s the leader in camp right now in everything. I’ve been impressed.” Bogusevic went 0-for-3 on Tuesday in a 6-3 loss to Colorado at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, playing first base in place of Anthony Rizzo. Despite the oh-fer, he's still hitting .400 this spring. Bogusevic, a DeLaSalle grad, hadn’t played first since the minor leagues, but if he can handle it he’ll have a better chance at winning a bench spot. Rizzo is playing for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic, and hit a home run off the scoreboard on Tuesday in an exhibition game between Italy and Oakland. The Cubs (5-7) lost for the fifth time in six games, as Scott Feldman struggled in his second start. Before the game, Sveum tentatively named Feldman as the No. 3 pitcher in the rotation, behind Jeff Samardzija and Edwin Jackson.
Bogusevic cools off in loss to Rockies
Chicago Tribune | Mar 6