MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino before re-signing him to a minor league deal Tuesday and said they will put utilityman Javier Baez on the 15-day disabled list.
"Everything is kind of in place," manager Joe Maddon said.
Baez has a left thumb contusion and Maddon said the team isn't certain he's completely healed.
The fact that second baseman Ben Zobrist "can play all over the place helps a lot," Maddon said. Also, "Tommy La Stella is really good coming off the bench."
The Cubs open the season April 4 at the Los Angeles Angels.