Cubs Starting Javier Baez at Second Base against the Athletics

The Cubs released the lineups for Monday’s split squad games in Mesa and Phoenix and Javier Baez is starting at second base in Phoenix.

Javier Baez has been working out at second base during morning practices and will see his first Cactus League action at second base on Monday afternoon.

Darwin Barney is starting at shortstop, opposite of Baez, in the game against the A’s with Mike Olt at first base.

Javier Baez will begin the season as Iowa’s shortstop. The front office would like to see him play second base and possibly third base before he is reassigned to minor league camp. Baez is hitting .276/.276/.655 with a .931 OPS in 10 games with two doubles and three home runs (8-for-29, eight strikeouts, no walks).

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