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Sveum introduces new situational drill

Sveum introduces new situational drill

Sveum introduces new situational drill
MESA, Ariz. -- One of the new drills in Cubs camp gets everyone involved. It's a situational drill in which there are infielders, plus a pitcher is on the mound and another is at the plate. Manager Dale Sveum stands in front of the mound and announces whether there are runners on, and how many outs there are. The coaches and players go over the signs, and then Sveum throws to the pitcher.

Sometimes pitchers are expected to get the runners in, sometimes they have to bunt.

"It's just situational stuff -- you've got guys on first and second, what are you going to do?" said pitcher Randy Wells, who hit a single and double on Saturday. "The pitchers can work on baserunning. It was a way to incorporate everything at game speed.

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"I liked it," Wells said. "It's better than repeating the same thing over and over again. Here you had a situation where you have to check the runner and you have to think. 'OK, the bunt went to third, you're going to third.'"

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