arismendy alcantara featureThe Chicago Cubs’ lineup for tonight’s game in Cincinnati just came out, and – hooray! – the Cubs aren’t waiting to get Arismendy Alcantara in the lineup. He’s starting at second base, in place of the man whose roster spot he temporarily took, and batting second. After a couple games in Cincinnati, Alcantara is expected to head back to Iowa when Darwin Barney returns from paternity leave.

I love that this is how it’s happening for Alcantara, by the way. Much like Dallas Beeler’s first start, Alcantara gets the chance to play right away, but he knows it’s just for a brief time (presumably no matter how he performs). That takes all of the performance-related pressure off, and Alcantara can instead just deal with the inevitable pressure associated with your first time in a big league game. It can’t be easy, but this is a nice way to do it.

Obviously I hope he goes off – not unlike when a young Starlin Castro made his debut in Cincinnati four years ago – but, even if he doesn’t, I’m not going to think much about it. This is just about getting Alcantara a little taste of the big leagues, preparing him in some small way for the more permanent promotion, which figures to come soon. However he does, it’ll just be cool to see him in that Cubs uniform, and dream on what is to come.

Because Alcantara is just the start …