Cubs will experiment with spring lineups

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs have plenty of lineup experimentation left to do, so players have been advised to not make much of the batting order in any of this weekend’s games.

The Cubs have intrasquad games on Friday and Saturday with the starting squad expected to be split among the two squads. They play their first Cactus League game Saturday at HoHoKam Park against the Oakland Athletics.

Manager Dale Sveum has yet to reveal any of the lineups he plans on using this weekend.

“I’ll probably have different lineups every day just looking at stuff,” Sveum said. “Like I told these guys, don’t look into any of the lineups I’m going to be throwing out there the first week or so because it’s just getting the feel for everything. Some of the guys in the lineup right now, there are not cut-and-dry guys, so there will be a lot of different lineups out there.”

While the lineups aren’t known, the pitching schedule is. Travis Wood and Randy Wells will each start Friday with Andy Sonnanstine and Casey Coleman pitching in relief. On Friday, Jay Jackson and Chris Rusin will start while Trey McNutt and Alberto Cabrera pitch in relief.

Rodrigo Lopez will get the start in Sunday’s game.