Maddon: Be prepared for different Cubs lineups

Maddon: Be prepared for different Cubs lineups

MESA, Ariz. -- Even though the Cubs have enough position players already in camp to fill a roster for an intrasquad game, manager Joe Maddon hasn't seen enough of them to be able to fill out a lineup card yet. And when he does, Cubs fans may be puzzled by some of the combinations.

"You know I'm not going to be afraid to try different things," Maddon said Saturday.

That could include batting a pitcher eighth. Jon Lester, who consistently goes deep into games, will bat ninth, but Travis Wood, who's a good hitter, could hit eighth, depending on who he's facing that day.

It's all to be determined, and Maddon and bench coach Dave Martinez will meet and write down one week's worth of lineups prior to the start of Cactus League games on March 5. Maddon likes to think about what he's going to do while riding his bike. Be prepared.

"There will be a lot of haphazard stuff," Maddon said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.