6/13 Lineup, Pena, schedule & more

Monday’s Cubs lineup was very right-handed against Brewers lefty Randy Wolf, and rookie DJ LeMahieu made his first start at first.

“Carlos [Pena] needs a day off worse than me,” Mike Quade said of the first baseman who has taken more than his share of foul balls off his leg. “It was a long trip for him. Left-handers have been hard on him. He’s black and blue from his knee to his ankle on one leg.”

* After dealing with the Cardinals, Reds and Phillies, the Cubs now face the Central Division leading Brewers and Yankees.

“This club is playing great baseball and you’d love to cool them off,” Quade said of the Brewers, who have won eight of their last 10.

It’s a tough schedule.

“I get paid to manage this club and do the best I can for this organization every day, whoever is healthy and whoever is not,” Quade said. “If I stay with that, then I come to the park ready to go every day. You leave the park after tough losses and it’s no fun. And it’s the same for those guys. They’ve come in and stayed loose in the clubhouse and human nature makes things tough but you have to find a way to fight through it. In some way, with some of the kids who are here, it’s been easier.”

* Alfonso Soriano went 0-for-3 on Sunday and the plan is for him to get 10 to 12 at-bats in the Minors. More important, Quade wants Soriano to be 100 percent healthy. He’s been on the DL with a strained left quad.

* Reed Johnson has a black eye after being hit in the head by a pitch. His batting helmet also is cracked. He could be activated Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on results from tests taken Monday.

* Marlon Byrd took batting practice on the field for the first time since he was hit in the face with a pitch May 21. It’s been three weeks, and he has about three more weeks to go in his rehab.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

O.K. let me admit and be the first to comment that I actually did see Pena directly contribute to the winning run vs. the Brewers. Coming off the bench and FINALLY not walking, striking out or hitting a warning track flyball. An actual double to put the go ahead and eventual winning run on third base (should have had the RBI if Barney’s brain didnt’ take a nap between 1st and 2nd, was he the only one in the park that thought Braun had a chance to catch the ball?). How ironic that he contributed OFF THE BENCH.

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