If the Cubs’ season opened today, Lou Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be the starting second baseman. “Fontenot’s winning the second base job right now,” Piniella said Saturday. Fontenot would bat sixth, with Kosuke Fukudome hitting second and switch-hitter Milton Bradley fourth. Piniella said he likes having lefties in the 2-4-6 spots.
Neither Fontenot or Ryan Theriot will play Saturday because both are scheduled to play in Tucson on Sunday against Arizona. Infielder Aaron Miles has been bothered by a sore shoulder and was expected to return to action on Monday.
— Carrie Muskat