Lieber would be happy in bullpen
Veteran rotation candidate has strong outing against Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jon Lieber may make the Cubs' decision regarding the rotation a little easier. He says he's willing to go to the bullpen."I'm not even worried about it," said Lieber, one of three pitchers vying for two spots in the rotation. "You can't do nothing. Like I've said before, I'm more than happy to go to the bullpen. Those guys ... deserve to be in that rotation. They've done a great job." The two guys are Jason Marquis and Ryan Dempster, who also have pitched well this spring. Cubs manager Lou Piniella, who skipped the night game against the Giants, has said he'll make a decision on the rotation by the weekend. Lieber made his fourth spring appearance and third start, and gave up more hits in three innings against the Giants -- five -- than he did in eight innings in his two previous outings. But the right-hander was able to escape jams and got three double plays in his five innings. "I've faced these guys a lot over the years and they know I'm going to be around the plate," Lieber said. "They went with the pitch and put the ball in play, and I worked out of some jams. "It wasn't really an off day," he said, "but I felt I wasn't as sharp against the lefties as I should've been."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.