Wright shrugs off first Cactus League outing

Wright shrugs off first Cactus League outing

MESA, Ariz. -- Wesley Wright knows it's early in Spring Training, so the Cubs reliever won't lose too much sleep over his line in his first Cactus League game.

"It was good to get back on the field -- that's the big thing -- and get in a game environment," the lefty said Saturday about his outing in the Cubs' spring opener Thursday. "To face that many batters in the first game is a good thing. I got stretched out. I'd like to execute a little better; that's always the case. I think for overall first day, first performance, I'll take it."

Wright, one of the new additions to the Cubs' bullpen, gave up three runs on two hits, including a home run, in one inning of work.

"I just want to keep improving," he said. "As a team, that should be our focus. You'd like to have results early in spring but the most important thing is making sure that as a team and as an individual, you're improving and getting ready for Opening Day and being able to progress from Opening Day throughout the season. A lot of times in Spring Training, you'd like to win a lot of games, but I don't know who had the best record in spring last year. I think it's a matter of preparing yourself and making sure you're ready."

James McDonald had a rough outing in his first game Friday against the Angels, giving up six runs on three hits and three walks in one-plus inning. Cubs manager Rick Renteria looked for McDonald in the clubhouse Saturday.

"I actually spoke to James this morning," Renteria said. "[I told him,] 'That's just a blip. Don't worry about that.' He's going to have plenty of opportunities to go out there and put himself in position to show everybody what he's got."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.