He hasn't had to deal with the designated hitter very much with the Cubs.
"We only have four [on the bench]," Piniella said Friday. "I was trying to figure out who our fifth guy was today, and he's our DH. You look at it all the time, and you have five bench players."
Xavier Nady started at designated hitter on Friday, leaving Jeff Baker, Koyie Hill and Tyler Colvin on the bench. Mike Fontenot started at third in place of Aramis Ramirez, who has a sore left thumb. Piniella also moved Alfonso Soriano to the fourth spot in the lineup for the first of three games against the Texas Rangers. Soriano entered the game batting .362 in May, with eight doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs.
"We'll put him in the four-hole and try it, see how he does," said Piniella, who has batted Soriano in the No. 6 spot for most of the season.
In his career, Soriano has hit fourth in 11 games and is 8-for-41 with two home runs. He didn't mind the switch.
"I just want to be in the lineup," Soriano said. "I just want to stay healthy and be in the lineup and do the best I can to make the team better."
When he played for the Rangers, Soriano batted first, third, fifth and sixth. Never fourth.
The left fielder was a little beat up, though. His right knee was bruised after fouling a pitch off it in the ninth inning Thursday. He was then hit on the left hip by a pitch in the same at-bat. Soriano ended up walking.
"A lot of people said it was a good at-bat," Soriano said. "It's good because I got on base in the ninth inning with nobody out. For me, it's not a great at-bat because we lost. I broke two bats and I got hit twice."