4/20 Castro in the No. 3 hole?
Kosuke Fukudome was expected to be at Wrigley Field on Wednesday by game time after spending the morning with his wife, who gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter, on Tuesday. Fukudome could start the second game of the Cubs doubleheader against the Padres and bat leadoff. Where would Starlin Castro go? If manager Mike Quade gives Marlon Byrd the second game off, he is considering inserting Castro there. The lineup is evolving, as Quade likes to say.
“The 1-2-3 hole could be musical chairs depending on who I have in the lineup on a particular day,” Quade said. “Other than my cleanup hitter [Aramis Ramirez], everybody’s able to adjust and understand if we do make some changes.”
Castro has handled the move from No. 2 to leadoff without missing a beat. Geovany Soto could catch both ends of Wednesday’s doubleheader, depending on how he feels. Don’t be surprised if Castro is batting third in Game 2.
“This is why I’m glad it’s a split doubleheader,” Quade said. “At least I’ve got an hour to figure that out.”
– Carrie Muskat