Thanks to the World Baseball Classic, the Chicago Cubs will be taking on Team Italy in an exhibition game at Sloan Park today.
So that’s fun! International intrigue!
Cubs outfield prospect John Andreoli is on Team Italy, and will be playing right field.
John Lackey will also be making his Spring Training debut, in front of a lineup full of mostly regulars.
As we mentioned earlier, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell are both back in the lineup, but Albert Almora (calf), Kris Bryant, and Willson Contreras get the day off. HOWEVA, that means that the Cubs get Eloy Jimenez once again out there in left field.
Savor it now, Cubs fans, because he’ll be heading to Minor League Spring Training eventually (indeed, the Cubs made their first cuts today). And then who knows the next time we’ll see him back with the big league team. It could be like two or maybe even three … months (I kid, mostly).
Today’s game will not be broadcast by either team, but the Cubs-based audio will be available at MLB.com. For future reference, you can check which games will be televised here.
- Kyle Schwarber, DH
- Tommy La Stella, 3B
- Anthony Rizzo, 1B
- Ben Zobrist, 2B
- Addison Russell, SS
- Jason Heyward, RF
- Miguel Montero, C
- Eloy Jimenez, LF
- John Jay, CF
Starting Pitcher: John Lackey