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Cubs manager ``not a Twitter guy''

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Unlike Kenny Williams on the other side of town, Jim Hendry doesn't have anything to worry about when it comes to his manager and Twitter.

``What is Twitter?'' Cubs manager Lou Piniella said today when told of the Ozzie Guillen-Twitter account uproar in White Sox camp.

When the short-message, public-text concept was explained to him, Piniella said, ``Ozzie needs more space than that.''

While Piniella says he's heard of Facebook, and even used the Facebook function on his phone - once. But Twitter?

``No, no, no, no, no,'' he said. ``First of all I don't know how to Twitter, and second of all I'm not going to learn how to Twitter.

``I'm really not a Facebook or Twitter guy. I'm a prime rib and baked potato.''

Other notes out of camp today:

--Lou says if he goes with a more offensive bench -- i.e., Andres Blanco out and Mike Fontenot as the emergency backup shortstop -- he is comfortable with bringing touted prospect Starlin Castro up from the minors to fill in longer term if Ryan Theriot gets injured.

--The second-base job could wind up in a left-right platoon between Fontenot and Jeff Baker, but Piniella said one will win the job with a big offensive spring.

--Ted Lilly, already behind other pitchers in camp because of shoulder rehab, has missed the past two days of camp because of a fever. He's expected back Thursday.

--The Cubs are getting a lot of use out of their new ``three-wheeler'' pitching machine that throws sliders and curve balls.

--Carlos Silva still has some weight to lose before he can get down to serious work on that comeback and winning a spot in the Cubs' rotation, but Lou is impressed with his work ethic. ``I'm going to tell you what, Silva is a hard worker, there's no question about it,'' Piniella said. ``Now, he might [also] be a hard eater. ...''

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