Cubs packing up truck for Wrigley, but 25-man roster yet to be filled

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The truck transporting the Cubs equipment and personal belongings to Wrigley Field arrived Tuesday in front of their complex.

But it wasn’t certain if every player on the 25-man roster had been allowed to place property on the truck.

"There are still some items to be thought through," manager Joe Maddon said. "I don’t think it’s absolutely been nailed down yet. But it’s really close."

Outfielder Matt Szczur, who is out of options, entered Tuesday’s game against the Giants as a defensive replacement in the sixth. Szczur has attracted attention from several teams, but they could wait to see if the Cubs place him on waivers.

Waiting for main course: After striking out seven and walking none in four innings against the Giants, Jake Arrieta said "everybody’s hungry" to start the season.

Arrieta will have to wait two extra days before making his first start April 4 in St. Louis.

Arrieta said he’ll probably throw 25 to 30 pitches off the mound Thursday and Saturday and play light catch Monday.

"We’re all ready to go, ready to play under the bright lights, and let’s start another run," Arrieta said.

Major-league impression: Pitcher Kyle Hendricks and hitting consultant Kevin Youkilis made passionate speeches to Cubs minor-league players at the request of former Cubs great Rick Sutcliffe, a spring training instructor.

Hendricks emphasized to pitchers the importance of command, preparation and being a good teammate. Youkilis advised hitters to take command of the strike zone and counts.

Sutcliffe invited pitcher Jon Lester and catcher David Ross to talk to the minor leaguers last spring.

Rooting for Ross: Arrieta was among the Cubs players who said they were impressed with Ross’ latest performance on "Dancing With the Stars."

"I liked it," Arrieta said. "I thought his first one was really good. I thought the second one was better. He moved around a little bit more."

Sutcliffe is scheduled to tape a DWTS segment Wednesday with Ross in which Sutcliffe will play the role of a bartender but won’t dance.

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