12/5 The next 1B may be LaHair
The Cubs’ next first baseman may be playing right now in the Dominican Republic. Bryan LaHair has joined Estrellas, and was batting .273 in three games with four RBIs. LaHair batted .308 with 25 homers, 30 doubles and 81 RBIS in 125 games with Triple-A Iowa this year. He hit .337 against right-handers, .227 against lefties. LaHair did play with the Mariners in 2008, and batted .250 in 45 games.
* Starlin Castro has gotten off to a slow start for Escogido in the Dominican. After six games, he’s batting .136 (3-for-22) with one double. He’s been batting fifth; expect him to hit higher in the order with the Cubs.
— Carrie Muskat