DeRosa doesn't foresee problems
Still no Game 1 lineup, but Cubs roster is now set
CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella was unable to give his lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series because he wanted to give Mark DeRosa one more day.
DeRosa has been sidelined with a strained left calf suffered last Wednesday in New York and has not played since.
The Cubs' playoff roster was officially announced Wednesday morning and, as expected outfielder Felix Pie was included. Pitchers Kevin Hart and Michael Wuertz, outfielder Micah Hoffpauir and catcher Koyie Hill were to go to Mesa, Ariz., to workout at the Cubs' facility as sort of a taxi squad in case they're needed. Infielder Casey McGehee and pitchers Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman were expected to be sent home.
Pie, who hit .287 at Triple-A Iowa and .241 in 43 games with the big league team, provides the Cubs a defensive replacement in the outfield, plus some speed on the bases.
Back to DeRosa. On Monday, he faced strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss in a simulated game and worked out in the rain at Wrigley Field. He also practiced in right field and at second base on Tuesday during the Cubs' workout.
"I faced probably the toughest pitcher I faced all year in the strength coach throwing a sim game to us," he said of Monday's session. "I don't see there being any problem."
So it won't be a game-day decision?
"Hopefully not," DeRosa said. "If I could take fly balls in the pouring rain on this field [Monday], I don't assume there being a problem."
Possible Cubs lineup for
NLDS Game 1
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"With DeRosa, I am concerned a little bit about running," Piniella said. "I want to see how that plays itself out today. That will help us make a decision on our roster spot and at the same time, what our lineup will be tomorrow. So, that's why I don't have a lineup."
The Cubs will face Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Derek Lowe in the first game of the best-of-five NLDS on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CT at Wrigley Field. If DeRosa can play right field, Mike Fontenot would likely start at second base. If DeRosa can't play the outfield, Kosuke Fukudome would most likely get the start in right.
"It's never been on my mind that I wouldn't go," DeRosa said. "Moving around [in the lineup], hopefully I offer Lou the opportunity to get a hot bat in there, whether it's Mike Fontenot or whoever it may be. I don't assume there will be any problems."
DeRosa finished the season with career highs in home runs (21) and RBIs (87), and has played at least 20 games at four different positions.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.