Joe Maddon has never been afraid of mixing up the Cubs lineup. Nearly every player on the roster has played multiple positions. Monday night, Kris Bryant gets to add another position to his resume.
With Anthony Rizzo getting a day off, Bryant will start at first base for the Cubs against Kansas City.
It’s not often that the Cubs All-Star first baseman isn’t patrolling the right side of the infield. Rizzo has played the entire game at first base for the Cubs in all but five games. He’s only had one other day off all season.
On his only other day off, the Cubs started Mike Baxter in Rizzo’s place. Chris Coghlan has also come in to replace Rizzo in various games. With Kyle Schwarber also getting the day off, Coghlan is in left field.
For Bryant, this is his fifth position. In addition to playing third base, the young star has been put in all three outfield positions.
On the year, Bryant has 17 errors, all coming while playing third base.
The Cubs are playing in a makeup game Monday against the Royals. The game was originally scheduled for late May. The Cubs split the other two games of their series with the AL Central champs.