04/18/12 6:45 PM ET
Byrd grounded during season's early going
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
The Cubs center fielder began the year 1-for-21 in six home games, so he can't blame room service. Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Byrd looked more aggressive in early batting practice on Wednesday and not so defensive.
"We've got to get him going," Sveum said. "We've got to get him swinging the bat. That's a big part of our lineup. He's playing a real nice center field. He's doing a great job out there. He's playing hard and battling and working his butt off to get out of it."
It's only been 10 games and 34 at-bats, and Sveum said he wants to see what happens at the 100 at-bat mark. Byrd is batting eighth; last year, he hit fifth or sixth. Sveum said that shouldn't matter.
"These days, people get pitched the same and it doesn't matter what's going on," Sveum said. "You'll be pitched on how they're supposed to get you out. It doesn't matter where you hit in the lineup."
Wood may return to action on Friday
MIAMI -- Kerry Wood had a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Wednesday and if all goes well, he could be back in the Cubs' bullpen on Friday.
"He said he already felt relief from [the shot], so that's good," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Wednesday.
Wood, 34, returned to Chicago on Tuesday after feeling some discomfort in his shoulder following his last outing Friday in St. Louis. When Wood does return, the Cubs will be careful in how they use him.
"It'll still be an every-other-day thing until we know he's feeling great and really strong," Sveum said.
For the two remaining games in Miami, Sveum planned to use James Russell or Rafael Dolis in the setup role.
"You try to mix and match a little bit," Sveum said.
Dolis served up Hanley Ramirez's game-winning three-run homer on Tuesday, but Sveum would like to get the 24-year-old rookie more work.
"He's kind of a guy you almost want to start seeing more and more to see if his stuff gets better being a little more tired," Sveum said. "A lot of time with sinkerballers, their sinker gets better when they keep the ball at 92, 93 miles an hour than they are at 95, 97 when the ball can flatten out a little bit."
Wood has pitched in four games so far, and blew a save in his first outing, then took the loss in the second.
Soriano says Marlins Park dimensions 'too big'
MIAMI -- When Hanley Ramirez hit his game-winning three-run homer in the eighth inning Tuesday, it set off the multi-colored $2.5 million home-run sculpture in left-center field. Cubs manager Dale Sveum didn't see the leaping fish or the flamingos at all.
"I didn't even look at it, to tell you the truth," Sveum said Wednesday. "I saw the ball leave the bat and said, 'Oh God.'"
Alfonso Soriano said he anticipates the Marlins may have to move the fences in at the new ballpark after the first year.
"In baseball, you don't see ballparks this big anymore," Soriano said. "This is too big. I don't care -- we only play three games here. Those guys in the [National League] East, they'll be talking about it. We don't see ballparks with 418 [feet] to center field, 390 to the right-center gap."
What did Soriano think about the sculpture?
"That's Miami," he said, smiling.
Cubs executives, including chairman Tom Ricketts, team president Crane Kenney and marketing director Wally Hayward, were at Marlins Park on Wednesday to get a tour of the facility.
The trip also will include a stop in Ft. Myers to see the Red Sox new Spring Training facility.
The Cubs are finalizing designs for their new Spring Training facility in Mesa, Ariz., which is scheduled to open in 2014.
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.