• Jake Arrieta, slowed this spring after feeling some tightness in his right shoulder, still has yet to throw off a mound in camp. The right-hander was projected as the fourth starter but most likely will not be ready by Opening Day.
• Renteria isn't wasting any time. Infielders, including first baseman Anthony Rizzo and second baseman Darwin Barney, were on the field early Thursday for extra work.
• If fans see extra players at the spring facility this week, it's because there are some Minor League players taking part in a mini-camp. Among those participating are top prospects third baseman Jeimer Candelario and outfielder Eloy Jimenez.