Cubs manager Joe Maddon made it sound Saturday like outfielder Matt Szczur will win the final bench spot over infielder Tommy La Stella.
The second of two team buses from the Cosmopolitan Hotel to Saturday’s game in Las Vegas departed just as police responded to the shooting.
Is Las Vegas suddenly a national hotbed for baseball talent — and if so, how many more jackpots can the Cubs hit there after Maddux and Bryant?
Prospect Ian Happ, a late addition to the lineup after Addison Russell (back) was scratched, homered in the ninth for both Cubs runs.
Minor injuries — such as Albert Almora Jr.’s neck tightness and Addison Russell’s stiff back — can start to loom larger as the opener closes in.
The Cubs seem optimistic the injury isn’t serious. If it lingers, it could open a chance for both Matt Szczur and Tommy La Stella to make the club.
South Carolina native Carl Edwards Jr. is riding some more postseason magic during March Madness.