Bryant expected back in lineup Saturday

Fowler, Coghlan and Szczur nursing injuries

Bryant expected back in lineup Saturday

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant, sidelined with fatigue in his right shoulder, is expected back on the field Saturday, starting at third base for the first time since March 12.

The injury hasn't affected his hitting. Bryant belted his seventh spring homer on Thursday in a "B" game, although it doesn't count in the Cactus League stats. He does lead the Majors this spring with 30 total bases and is batting .435.

Manager Joe Maddon said Friday that both Dexter Fowler and Chris Coghlan were nursing bruises after fouling balls off their legs and were day to day, as is Matt Szczur, who rolled his left ankle in a collision with the wall.

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• The Cubs tried to simplify the game plan for Edwin Jackson on Thursday, and had the right-hander stick to his fastball and slider against the D-backs.

"It's like a quarterback -- different ones take a different game plan in there," Maddon said. "I think he and Welington [Castillo] have done a nice job there."

• The Cubs have been careful with Jorge Soler to avoid any leg injuries, which have slowed him the last two seasons. On Thursday, Soler showed he's feeling just fine, hitting a triple.

"He's got a big club there -- it's fun to watch him swing the bat," Maddon said. "He has an idea. He'll work an at-bat, he'll take a borderline pitch, get deep in the count. He's not just up there hacking, he's very sophisticated."

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.