Cubs add righty Camp to bullpen mix

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs added one more arm to their bullpen derby when they announced Monday they had signed veteran right-hander Shawn Camp to a minor-league deal.

Camp, 36, who had been released by the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, was having a solid spring but got caught in a numbers crunch.

“I worked on some things, brought it into camp, pitched well and I like to say that’s probably why I’m here,” Camp said. “I can’t speak on behalf of the Mariners. They decided to go with youth, but I’m actually more happy to be here.”

Camp gave up just two earned runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring, including an excellent outing against the Cubs that might have helped to earn his ticket to Chicago. With the Cubs pounding Mariners starter Jason Vargas during a March 19 outing in Peoria, Camp came on in the first inning to pitch 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

“I’m just going to come in here and do what I do which is throw strikes and get ground balls. As a middle reliever the main goal in every game is to pick up the guys that need to be picked up and bridge the gap to the guys who need the ball at the end of games."