So if you're wondering how the Cubs plan to get Anthony Rizzo into the lineup soon, we may have caught our first glimpse today.
The Cubs have moved Bryan LaHair to RF for today's game while moving normal RF David DeJesus into CF. Neither has tremendous range at those positions, so the Cubs are partly compensating here by instilling Tony Campana in LF with Alfonso Soriano as the DH. DeJesus has a lifetime UZR of -1.3 in CF, which is slightly below average. In a very limited sample size (62.2 innings), he has a -76.2 rating last year. His last extended time in CF was in 2008, when he had a -22.8 rating, though he was average to above average in the years preceding. Also, Geovany Soto has been activated and is the starting catcher today.
Also, Scott Maine, who has been pitching well in Iowa, as we noted in the Daily Cubs Minors League Recap yesterday.
Here is today's lineup.
The lineup also will get some OBP at the top with DeJesus while utilizing Tony Campana in that 9th spot where he can still utilize his speed.
In other news, Welington Castillo was sent to Iowa to make room for Soto while Ryan Dempster has been put on the DL with lat tightness, or as David Kaplan put it, "Lat tightness is another term for don't you dare get hurt while we finalize a trade and your stock is sky high."
To add to that conspiracy theory, I will note that one of the Dodgers top pitching prospects, LHP Chris Reed, has also been placed on the DL.
I'm off to a New ERA Cubs-White Sox game party with a friend...who happens to be one of my oldest friends and a big White Sox fan.
Should be fun. Until then, here's a video of the latest in a series of Cubs-White Sox rivalry commercials, which may or may not resemble the conversations I have with my friend today...
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