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Kyuji Fujikawa, coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, played long toss from 135 feet and also threw an estimated 10 times hard from about 60 feet.

• New manager Rick Renteria addressed the pitchers and catchers before Friday's workout, and he acknowledged he would probably say the same thing when the full squad reports next week. He did not write out his speech. "If I speak from the heart and experience, I think the message resonates," Renteria said.

Kyuji Fujikawa, coming back from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, played long toss from 135 feet and also threw an estimated 10 times hard from about 60 feet.

• New manager Rick Renteria addressed the pitchers and catchers before Friday's workout, and he acknowledged he would probably say the same thing when the full squad reports next week. He did not write out his speech. "If I speak from the heart and experience, I think the message resonates," Renteria said.

• Top prospects Kyle Hendricks and Eric Jokisch are scheduled to start an intrasquad game Feb. 26.

• How many roster spots are open on the Cubs? "To make predictions this early, it doesn't make any sense for me to do that or even to speculate on spots we're trying to fill," Renteria said. "We want these guys to come in here and perform."

However, Renteria knows how important spring is. He was a non-roster invitee in 1993 and won a roster spot with the Marlins.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

 

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