Gathright could fit on Cubs' bench

Gathright could fit on Cubs' bench

CHICAGO -- Outfielder Joey Gathright has popped up on the Cubs' radar.

Gathright could be added to the roster this week and compete for a spot on the Cubs' bench. He was non-tendered by the Kansas City Royals on Friday after batting .254 in 105 games this past season with no homers and 22 RBIs. The left-handed-hitting outfielder was 4-for-14 (.286) as a pinch-hitter.

Cubs manager Lou Piniella knows Gathright well. The speedy outfielder played for Piniella in Tampa Bay and stole 20 bases in 2005. He swiped 22 total in 2006 with the Rays and Royals, but was bothered by a bone bruise in his right shoulder this season.

The Cubs have been looking for both speed and some help off the bench as they tweak the roster for '09.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.