#Cubs lineup vs D-backs and Schwarber update
Jon Lester starts Friday as the Cubs open a weekend series against the Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs got good news regarding rookie Kyle Schwarber. He has a mild right rib cage strain, and the plan is to have him rest for three to four days, and then resume activities. Schwarber felt some discomfort during batting practice prior to Wednesday’s game. Manager Joe Maddon said Schwarber wanted to play on Friday.
“We’ll let it chill down,” Maddon said.
The Cubs are considering whether to add another catcher from the Minor Leagues as backup.
*On Friday, Javier Baez started at second base. Maddon said he will likely use Tommy La Stella most of the time against right-handed pitchers. How will he determine who starts between La Stella, Baez and Starlin Castro?
“It’s just picking the best matchup for that pitcher that game,” Maddon said.
— Carrie Muskat