It’s been several weeks since I’ve been able to write anything for VFTB, and I didn’t intend for my first post back to be a half-baked and tardy news post, but we’ll see how it goes. Just know that I am very much looking forward to the upcoming season, and to being back in the groove of writing (and complaining) about our beloved Cubs. On to the news…

After two weeks resting his hamstring, Starlin Castro is scheduled to be back in the Cubs’ lineup today. In the same story, Dale says he thinks the timetable is late-April/early-May for Matt Garza’s first start of the season. On the other hand, the Sun Times says that he’s possibly on track to return sooner than expected. Ah, the inexact science of baseball injuries!

One other Garza note: Jim Bowden wrote about the Cubs outfield prospects in his ESPN Insider column yesterday, and while his analysis was less-than-riveting, he did mention that the Cubs appear more likely to resign Garza than trade him. No surprise that Garza’s injuries have greatly decreased his trade value. But like the rest of the league, the Cubs will be best served waiting to see if he can actually retake the mound before they make an offer.

I’ll assume this already received some discussion here, but for those of you who missed it, it turns out at least a few people do care about the World Baseball Classic. And thankfully, we have video evidence.

NFL free agency is in full swing; here are just a couple quick hits from the NFC North. The Bears finally got serious about the disaster that is their O-line. They also decided Kellen Davis isn’t ever going to be the answer at TE. And the Lions picked up an old Dolphin.

Finally, a golfer in southern Illinois was swallowed by a sinkhole as he walked up the fairway. His friends were able to rescue him with the aid of some rope and a ladder. Check out the pictures in the video–he essentially took a step and disappeared.

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