MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo had a game-winning, ninth inning double for Team Italy in Thursday's World Baseball Classic victory over Mexico, which also was a plus for his charity, the Rizzo Family Foundation.
"He got a lot of money in his charity," manager Dale Sveum said. "We all said if (Italy) won a game we would give him $500 (apiece) for his charity."
Sveum didn't know how many players and coaches offered to contribute, though the remarks were taped and he said he would go back and look at the video to "make sure we didn't say $500 for every win."
Italy won again Friday, routing Canada to go 2-0 in the WBC.
Rizzo said he asked for Sveum's blessing to go to the WBC. Everyone expected it to be a short stint because Italy figured to be eliminated in the first round. But even if the Cubs miss Rizzo another week, Sveum is happy Rizzo is experiencing a world class tournament.
"You don't get to have that feeling he got (Thursday) ... to be that big of underdogs and to win a game like that," Sveum said. "Their second baseman said 'Man, I'm going to have a heart attack out here.'"
Rotation roulette: Scott Baker was up to 89 mph in his simulated game Thursday, throwing at around 90 percent, he said.
"The last thing you want to do is try to create velocity," Baker said. "Sometimes less is more. It's nice, but it's not the main thing."
Baker will throw in a minor league game Tuesday and is slated tentatively for a Cactus League game after that.
"Barring any setbacks, he's perfectly right on the schedule we planned out at the beginning," Sveum said.
Matt Garza is scheduled to start playing catch again Sunday or Monday. He and Baker will start out on the disabled list, and could return around the same time in April.
"If Garza comes back at about the same time, you're looking at a pretty good pitching staff -- if everybody is pitching up to their capability," Sveum said. "Then obviously (Carlos Villanueva and either Travis Wood or Scott Feldman) get bumped to the bullpen, and you have a completely different bullpen. You will have long guys who get left-handers out ... so it solidifies the whole staff."
Under the microscope: Carlos Marmol said trade rumors aren't affecting his performance. He feels good about the way he's throwing, despite a mediocre outing Thursday.
Will the Cubs trade him?
"I can't make that decision," he said. "The boss guy makes the decision."
Does he believe he will be here all season?
"I don't believe in anything," he said, laughing. "Whatever decision they make, I have nothing to do with it."
Sveum said he isn't worried about Marmol's outings, as long as he's working on things.
"Last spring we were still in that fistfight of trying to get him to throw that fastball more," Sveum said. "Even last spring, his slider started out, for the most part, like the year before -- cutting but it didn't have any depth. This spring it's pretty close to what his normal slider is."
Schierholtz watch: Sveum stated the obvious Friday -- Nate Schierholtz will be the starting right fielder. How much Scott Hairston and a fifth outfielder will platoon in right is yet to be determined.
"Sometimes you don't want a platoon because you might be giving up too much on defense to warrant it," Sveum said. "We'll cross that path when we get to it."
Extra innings: The Cubs made their first three roster cuts, sending catcher Michael Brenly and right-hander Dayan Diaz to minor league camp and optioning outfielder Matt Szczur to Double-A Tennessee. ... Because of heavy rain, Edwin Jackson's minor league outing was scratched and he wound up throwing a bullpen session inside.
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