Saturday, September 8, 2012
Lineup wrinkle has Samardzija in 8 spot
By Doug Padilla
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Samardzija will get a slightly different vantage point during his final game of the season.
The right-hander will still be on the mound Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he will bat from the No. 8 spot in the lineup. Tony Campana, who will play for a banged up Brett Jackson, will bat in the No. 9 spot.
The Cubs will not use Samardzija again this season after deciding to shut down the first-year starter for precautionary measures.
Using Samardzija ahead of Campana doesn’t mean the Cubs think he is a better hitter. The lineup wrinkle, popularized by former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, is done to get two leadoff types hitting back-to-back when the lineup swings around to the top again.
David DeJesus will lead off for the Cubs and play in right field.
Jackson was injured Friday when he crashed into the center-field fence while making a spectacular running catch. He was diagnosed with a bruised right knee and isn’t expected to play again in the current series.
The complete Cubs lineup for Saturday’s game against Pirates right-hander James McDonald:
Luis Valbuena, 3B
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Starlin Castro, SS
Welington Castillo, C
Darwin Barney, 2B