MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs will march out a drastically different lineup Monday after most of their regulars played in the spring opener a day earlier.
It’s not completely the “B” team that will face the Oakland A's, but there will be plenty of youth as Tony Campana leads off and plays center field, followed by Darwin Barney (second base) and Starlin Castro (shortstop).
Bryan LaHair (first base) will be the cleanup hitter for the second consecutive day, followed by Jeff Baker (right field) and Reed Johnson (left field). The bottom three of the order consists of Steve Clevenger (catcher), Blake DeWitt (designated hitter) and Josh Vitters (third base).
New manager Dale Sveum is big on pacing his veterans, at least through the early part of the Cactus League schedule. That means established players such as Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus, Marlon Byrd and Ian Stewart will all get a break.
“We don’t have the core guys out there today so it will always be a scattered lineup when that happens,” Sveum said.