Backup catcher role likely two-man race

Backup catcher role likely two-man race

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Steve Clevenger was behind the plate on Wednesday, and he and Welington Castillo appear to be the two finalists for the Cubs' backup catcher's job.

"It's going to be a tough call for that at the end of spring," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday. "They're both doing a great job, they both have things they can contribute. It's one of those things -- who knows what will happen at the end? They've both been working as hard as anybody in camp. They're receiving tremendous, calling games, both can swing the bat a little bit. It'll be an interesting call at the end of this month."

Jason Jaramillo was in camp as a non-roster invitee, but has been unable to play because of soreness in his quadriceps.

"That window is closing, especially with these other two guys doing a good job," Sveum said of Jaramillo's chances. "He needs to get on the field to show us what he can do."

Jaramillo is the only backup catcher candidate with any extended Major League experience, having played in 119 games over three seasons with the Pirates.