Ferrell in CF as Bryant goes deep

Soler homers while actor coaches at third base

Ferrell in CF as Bryant goes deep

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Will Ferrell replaced Mike Trout in center field for the Angels in the third inning, but the Cubs' Kris Bryant hit a ball too far for anyone to get.

Mike Olt walked to open the Chicago third against the Angels' Matt Lindstrom and Bryant then launched a towering home run to left-center, well out of reach of Ferrell.

Bryant, who led the Minor Leagues with 43 home runs, now has three blasts this spring, all coming on the road.

Ferrell did show his glovework when he cleanly fielded Welington Castillo's single to center one out later.

The actor/comedian, who is playing all 10 positions at five games Thursday, then switched dugouts and donned a Cubs No. 19 uniform. Ferrell took over as the Cubs' third-base coach. First up was Javier Baez, who flied out to center and Ferrell waved him around, then waved him into the dugout.

Ferrell had some cue cards next to the third-base box and flashed one that said, "Don't pull a muscle" to Jorge Soler. Soler didn't, as he crushed a 1-1 pitch to left-center for his second spring homer. Ferrell seemed to take credit, pointing to himself as Soler rounded the bases.

Soler's solo blast

Ferrell also took time to sign an autograph for Cubs coach Manny Ramirez. He flashed a few more cue cards to the Cubs, including one to Bryant that said, "Remember These Games Don't Count." But Ferrell quickly switched to: "Ignore that last card -- play hard."

The actor then pinch-hit for Matt Szczur and struck out, before moving over to play first base in the fourth.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.