DeWitt's determination leads to roster spot

DeWitt's determination leads to roster spot

DeWitt's determination leads to roster spot
MESA, Ariz. -- When Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment on Feb. 8, the Cubs made it clear they still wanted him on the team but needed his spot on the 40-man roster. DeWitt, who did make the Opening Day roster on Friday, didn't take anything for granted.

"I've said from the beginning the goal was to come back here and have a good spring," DeWitt said. "The only way to do that is relax, have fun. You've got to earn your way in this game. Nothing will be given to you and the only way you'll achieve it is hard work. It's worked out."

The versatile DeWitt has played second, third and outfield this spring. He knows his ability to move runners over and play good, fundamental baseball helped him secure a spot.

"You play 162 games, and a good portion of those 162 are decided by little things like [advancing runners]," DeWitt said. "Those one-run games, you come up short and come out on the losing end, sometimes all it takes to get a win is getting a guy over or getting a guy in, getting a bunt down. Over the course of a season, those games add up."

For Tony Campana, Friday's news wasn't as good. He didn't make the final 25 and will open the season at Triple-A Iowa. The outfielder was bumped by Joe Mather, who can play first, third and the outfield.

"You're disappointed, but the way Joe played this spring, you can't ignore that," Campana said. "He had an unbelievable spring."

Campana was bothered by a sore right wrist he injured making a diving catch.

"[The wrist] connects to the bat," Campana said, who batted .222 in 17 Cactus League games. "You've got to have those tools."

He wasn't discouraged.

"They said I'd be up [to the big leagues]," Campana said of his meeting with Cubs manager Dale Sveum and general manager Jed Hoyer. "They said I'm a weapon that a manager likes to have. I'll get back up there."