Cubs to ride out Valbuena at third base

June, 15, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- With Chicago Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart out indefinitely, Luis Valbuena will likely get the bulk of the starts.

Valbuena, who was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, was in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Stewart went on the disabled list with discomfort in his left wrist.

"There's his defense, a left-handed bat, he can drive the ball; I'll keep him in there," manager Dale Sveum said. "He was swinging the bat real well down there so you try to keep that left-handed bat in that lineup as much as you can."

Valbuena was batting .303 at Iowa, with eight home runs and 31 RBIs, but his 50 strikeouts were seven more than Anthony Rizzo.

The reality of the situation is that the left-handed hitting Valbuena probably will follow Stewart's schedule of playing against right-handed pitching while turning over third base to Joe Mather against left-handers.

The Cubs will face a lefty Saturday when Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox in the evening game at Wrigley Field.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Starlin Castro
BA HR RBI R
.292 14 65 58
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Rizzo 30
RBIA. Rizzo 71
RA. Rizzo 81
OPSA. Rizzo .889
WJ. Arrieta 8
ERAT. Wood 4.81
SOJ. Arrieta 139