The Cubs released the lineup for Sunday’s finale with the Braves. And Kris Bryant is batting third for Joe Maddon.
Bryant is back in the lineup after missing Friday’s game with a mild right ankle sprain. Bryant rolled his ankle running the bases in the third inning Thursday and left the game before the fifth inning. Bryant reportedly was doing better Saturday before the game was cancelled.
Bryant is not only back in the lineup but he’s playing left field and batting third in front of Anthony Rizzo. Tim Federowicz is behind the plate, making his first start with the Cubs.
Bryant told the beat writers he did not tape his ankle before Thursday’s game, which he usually does. Bryant passed all of the tests and the Cubs are comfortable enough to allow him to play left field on a less than ideal day for baseball at Wrigley. Bryant downplayed the injury and said he is taping his ankle for today’s game.
Cubs’ batting order: Dexter Fowler CF, Jason Heyward RF, Kris Bryant LF, Anthony Rizzo 1B, Ben Zobrist 2B, Tommy La Stella 3B, Addison Russell SS, Tim Federowicz C, John Lackey P
Joe Maddon’s bench consists of Javier Baez, Matt Szczur, Jorge Soler and David Ross for the last game of the homestand.
The Cubs face the very talented Julio Teheran this afternoon. Lefties have a lot more success against Teheran than righties, so seeing La Stella at third base was expected. Right-handers have hit .239/.270/.324/.594 against Teheran while left-handers have batted .267/.370/.600/.970 against him.
The Cubs are looking for their fifth win in a row this afternoon, weather permitting, behind John Lackey.