Marlins ace Josh Johnson could miss Opening Day start with flu

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Josh Johnson could miss his Opening Day start because of “a stomach virus that has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks.”
Johnson was scratched from his scheduled start Friday, with manager Fredi Gonzalez explaining: “We had to kick him out of the clubhouse.” However, according to Gonzalez there’s merely “an outside chance” of Johnson being unable to take the mound for the season opener on April 5.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Gonzalez said, adding that Ricky Nolasco would get the Opening Day nod if Johnson can’t pitch. Johnson made his first All-Star team last season and has pitched brilliantly since returning from Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008, going 22-6 with a 3.34 ERA and 268/85 K/BB ratio in 296.1 innings spread over 47 starts.

Cubs sign sinkerballer Steve Cishek

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed reliever Steve Cishek. No details about the deal are known yet. For what it’s worth, most relievers are signing two-year deals so far this winter and Cishek’s last deal was a two-year pact.

Cishek, 31-year-old sidearmer who throws a surprisingly fast sinkerball, posted a 2.01 ERA and a 41/14 K/BB ratio and allowed just 26 hits in 44.2 innings between the Mariners and Rays last season. He saved 25 games for the M’s in 2016. Last year he missed the first month and a half of the season following hip surgery, but seemed pretty healthy later in the year.

A nice pickup for Chicago.