Chicago Cubs' Bote eager to get back at it

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Chicago Cubs' David Bote doubles over after getting hit by a pitch as San Francisco Giants catcher Rene Rivera looks on during the second inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

    Chicago Cubs' David Bote doubles over after getting hit by a pitch as San Francisco Giants catcher Rene Rivera looks on during the second inning of a spring baseball game in Scottsdale, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.

 
 
Updated 2/26/2019 7:15 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- David Bote was back on the practice field Tuesday, working out and taking batting practice.

The Chicago Cubs infielder was hit on the batting helmet Sunday by San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Bote left the game under his own power and was checked out immediately by the Giants' medical staff.

"We went through all the correct things," Bote said. "I'm not in concussion protocol. There's no concussion. But we went through many, many, many tests. I'm thankful for the Giants' medical staff, as well as our medical staff.

"They did a thorough, thorough job. I'm like, 'Hey, I'm good, guys. Let's go.' The Cubs and the Giants have done nothing but state-of-the-art process. Madison called me after the game to apologize. Then he texted me again the next morning. He's an ultimate pro. "He definitely does not have to do that. But he did, and it means a lot."

Bote is hopeful of being able to play Wednesday against the Texas Rangers in Surprise.

On the way back:

Left-hander Mike Montgomery threw 30 pitches during a bullpen session Tuesday. Montgomery came to camp experiencing a "dead-arm" issue.

"Better than I thought," he said of the session. "Curveball feels good. I was pretty happy with it."

Montgomery previously had thrown a 20-pitch bullpen session. He said the next step will be to take two days off and then throw a session of live batting practice and then repeat that before he gets into game action. He likely will open the season as a swing man.

This and that:

Right fielder Jason Heyward was a late lineup scratch Tuesday for what the Cubs said were personal reasons. … Cole Hamels starts Wednesday against his former team, the Rangers. He will be opposed by Edinson Volquez.

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