• Ted Cox
  • Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart prepares for the throw from David DeJesus in right as part of infield practice Wednesday.

The Wrigley Field grounds crew—dressed in street clothes, not the usual blue uniforms they’ll sport for Thursday’s opening day—rolled away the batting cage just as the Cubs were through stretching and tossing the ball around at the start of Wednesday’s final preseason workout. It seems someone—most likely new manager Dale Sveum—decided some infield and outfield practice was called for before hitting.

Fundamentals, what a concept. There really is a new regime in charge—top to bottom—with the Cubs this season.