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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Cubs just announced Chris Valaika is starting at first base against the A’s and not Mike Olt. No word on why Olt was removed from the lineup.

    • cubtex

      We keep hearing how he has been fielding ground balls at 3rd and how his shoulder has improved… but still not one inning at 3rd. I guess those reports are exaggerated?

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I’ve wondered the same thing. We need to see him at the corner and soon. He is hitting but has to be able to play a position. I’d like to know more about his condition but I understand playing everything injury related close to the vest.

      • paulcatanese

        Fielding in a controlled situation is far different than a game. I agree, it looks
        like a delay is in store here. One inopportune play and he could do damage. I think something is wrong here with his arm.

        • cubtex

          I imagine all he has been doing is fielding fungos at 3rd and not attempting any throws. If he were you could make a decision. His “treatment” that he is supposedly getting today sounds like a cortisone shot. That is why he could be getting the day off today and will give it a go tomorrow.

          • paulcatanese

            Just got home from corned beef and cabbage dinner.
            But been there with the cortisone, didn’t work for me, sounds right, hope he has better luck than I did.

          • paulcatanese

            Just got home from corned beef and cabbage dinner.
            But been there with the cortisone, didn’t work for me, sounds right, hope he has better luck than I did.

          • cubtex

            had 2 cortisone shots in my throwing shoulder. You really can’t do much the 1st day after you get it and that sounds pretty right on to why Olt took a day off and said he would be ready in a day.

  • paulcatanese

    Just a thought. Heard it on the broadcast the other day, Casper indicated the President is being sent a request to make the opening day for baseball a National Holiday. How weird is that?
    Isn’t a National Holiday supposed to represent the Nation?
    Baseball (in the USA) is no longer a National sport, but an International sport, how is that supposed to work?

    • No Baseball In Indiana
    • John_CC

      Not sure what you mean Paul. Pretty much every major sport is played in nations around the world.

      Of all the sports, baseball is uniquely American. It was completely created in America and has been a part of our history since nationhood. Some say, and I concur, that baseball and jazz are America’s two greatest creations.

      I’ve long considered Opening Day a holiday, I think it would be great if it were declared a national holiday.

      • paulcatanese

        I would agree if it were still so, however
        imports have changed the game along with endeavors outside the States, complex’s, signings, etc.
        It’s more an International setting.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From ESPN Chicago: Olt was scratched today due to fatigue

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      More on Olt from ESPN Chicago: Olt told me the other day he was pretty gassed. Think for obvious reasons he was going hard early in camp w BP’s etc.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        More on Olt from the Trib: Renteria said Olt scratched due to shoulder fatigue, not worried about Castro. Could make up ABs in minor league games

  • Zonk

    Question: Let’s say Castro plays well this year, and Baez’s destination is 2B. What happens to Alcantara, who is a darn good prospect in his own right? Move to OF? Traded for pitching? UT guy?

    • cc002600

      that is exactly why i think Baez should play 3B. Move Bryant to OF. Alcantara gives them some things they desperately will need – speed, left handed bat, good defense.

      • cubtex

        Do you realize how valuable that would be if you can have an infield of Bryant, Castro,Baez and Rizzo? How many teams could have 3 30 HR bats in the infield? Easier to find speed outfield guys than a power bat like Baez for 2B and a corner IF like Bryant for 3rd.

      • JasonPen

        I think Castro is traded before 2015… Baez is your 2015 opening day SS. Don’t worry about Alcantara.

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  • cubtex

    The Diamondbacks are likely to again scout Jeff Samardzija in the wake of Patrick Corbin’s likely Tommy John surgery, reports Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com. However, Levine writes that the Cubs would likely ask for Archie Bradley in return, which would likely end conversations before they began.

    I want a good return but lets be realistic. No one in their right mind would trade Archie Bradley for Shark. Be reasonable.

    • paulcatanese

      And that puts the problem in perspective, asking too much for too little. Ain’t gonna happen.

      • cubtex

        Who I would insist on is Braden Shipley. He was drafted in the 1st round last year and is their #2 prospect. He is the cousin of former longhorn receiver Jordan Shipley and current longhorn receiver Jaxon Shipley. He throws mid 90’s and has a lot of upside. Get Shipley and a couple of other prospects.

        • Richard Hood

          And PTBNL trades in spring training waiting to July to get the results? HUH?
          I agree about Shipley. I liked him last year but the idea that the center of the trade for a potential 2/3 is a player to be named later will never happen.

          • cubtex

            Is that what the rule is? You can’t trade last years picks till July? You are right if that is the case.

          • Richard Hood

            The rule states you can not trade a player drafted until a calender year after he is drafted.

            Which means that Shipley would have to be a PTBNL for any trade.

          • cubtex

            Oh well. There goes that thought.

          • Richard Hood

            I still think the number one guy for Theo to flease is AA in Toronto because he has to make a splash and win to keep his job next winter.

            Will it be Sanchez and boot? I doubt it but it will at least equal the trade for Garza. Think about that one for a second.

          • cubtex

            Yea and it is tough to lure free agents to Toronto as they just found out with Ervin Santana. They gave up a lot for Dickey. Shark won’t command as much but maybe either Sanchez or Stroman with one of lefty prospects as 2 of the key prospects.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Levine: Castro says he is 80 percent and soon ready to play in a game

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From the Tribune: Olt says right shoulder will undergo more treatment today, believes he could play 3b as soon as Tuesday night if all goes well

    • cubtex

      I think “treatment” is code for cortisone shot.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    What pregame tunes do you think Barney listened to today?

    My guesses:

    “End of the World” – REM
    “End of the Line” – Traveling Wilburys
    “American Pie” – Don McLean
    “Time for me to Fly” – REO Speedwagon
    “The End” – The Doors

    All good choices, but oddly enough I think he settled on “Que Sera Sera” by Doris Day. One must be at peace when faced with irrelevancy due to the coming Baezopocolypse!