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Pawelek Going Back to Basics … and Extended

Mark Pawelek (STAFF PHOTO/PAM DAVIS)

Mark Pawelek will begin the season in extended spring training – again. The left-hander and Cubs 2005 first-round draft pick got the news on Friday as full-season minor league rosters were being finalized.

It is essentially the third straight season in which Pawelek will open the year in Extended Spring Training. He was initially assigned to Class-A Peoria a year ago, but made just two appearances in relief before he was sent back to Arizona. Pawelek logged just 17 2/3 innings in 2007. He suffered a fractured radial head on his non-throwing arm in June, right as he was preparing to...

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