Dale Sveum said his Cub lineup was ``anything but cut and dried'' as he prepares for the season, but Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff spot?
That's how the ``White'' squad lineup starts for Friday's intrasquad game as the Cubs' new manager has fun with the first batting orders he puts together with his new ballclub -- whether it's a sign of things to come could take all season to find out.
Sveum said Friday morning that given the fluid nature the the lineups he anticipates this season, Soriano might find his way into the leadoff spot for a regular season game for the first time since July 3, 2009.
``During the season a lot of things can come up to where, yeah, it can happen,'' Sveum said, adding that he envisions him as more of a run producer.
Sveum, who has already said he'll consider Soriano for cleanup this year, nonetheless isn't ruling out an occasional leadoff start.
``The one thing about Soriano is his numbers as a leadoff hitter are pretty good in his career,'' Sveum said. ``Whether he's leading off an inning or leading off a game, his numbers are pretty incredible over his career.
``If you want to get into details of why you might come up with something like that, it could be as simple as that. We don't have the bona fide guys at any position in the order.''
Sveum and AAA Iowa manager Dave Bialis handle the managing duties in Friday's 1 p.m. intrasquad game scheduled for five or six innings, or until the selected pitching runs out.
The ``White'' lineup:
3B Ian Stewart
SS Starlin Castro
1B Bryan LaHair
CF Marlon Byrd
RF David DeJesus
C Blake Lalli
2B Darwin Barney
DH Blake DeWitt
Pitchers: LH Travis Wood, RH Andy Sonnanstine
The ``Blue'' lineup:
CF Brett Jackson
RF Matt Szczur
2B Jeff Baker
1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Reed Johnson
3B Josh Vitters
SS Junior Lake
C Michael Brenly
DH Tony Campana
Pitchers: RH Randy Wells, RH Casey Coleman