Back spasms hurting Ojeda's roster chances

Back spasms hurting Ojeda's roster chances

MESA, Ariz. -- Augie Ojeda cannot play because of back spasms, and Cubs manager Mike Quade acknowledged it's getting a little late for the infielder in camp.

"It's been longer than we thought," Quade said Friday of Ojeda's back problems. "I'm hoping he can get healthy and it doesn't morph into something that lasts for weeks and weeks."

Ojeda, a non-roster invitee vying for a spot on the Cubs' bench, has not played in one week, last getting playing time on March 11.

"It's not progressing as quickly as I would like," Ojeda said. "I have to take it day by day."

"He's a valuable guy," Quade said. "Whether he goes with us, whether he doesn't -- he's a nice guy to have in the middle of this thing. It's getting late in camp, and I don't think he's real close yet."

Darwin Barney, another option for the Cubs, has played well this spring and started at second base on Friday. Barney is batting .333.