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Cubs' DeWitt "glad to be back"

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MESA, Ariz. - After taking one of the strangest routes to spring training, Blake DeWitt took the high road Thursday when he arrived at Fitch Park.

The infielder, who was waived off the 40-man roster less than three weeks after signing a $1.1-million contract, accepted the non-roster assignment earlier this week and then headed out from his Missouri home to drive to Mesa.

``That's what was weird about it, that it happened right after that,'' DeWitt said. ``Anytime that happens, you're going to be a little surprised. But it's just one of those things, part of the game. Nothing's changed. There's no added stress, no anxiety. Just go out there and have fun.''

DeWitt, who played three positions for the Cubs last season, says the approach is the same when it comes to trying to win the backup infield job he won in camp last year.

The lefty hitter had 230 at-bats last year, mostly against right-handers, and hit .265 with 20 extra-base hits.

``I had a decision to make,'' said DeWitt, who would have forfeited his new contract by electing to become a free agent. ``I'm extremely happy being here today, and driving out here it was one of those things where you're ready to get on the field, ready to get back to playing.

``I'm glad it's over. I'm glad to be back.''

With DeWitt's arrival, only Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro have yet to arrive, with the first full-squad practice scheduled for Friday.

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