Cubs prospect Bryant to see action in left field

Cubs prospect Bryant to see action in left field

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant will get to play the outfield on Thursday.

Bryant has played third base and was the designated hitter while limited because of fatigue in his right shoulder in Cactus League games so far. He's been doing outfield drills this week with bench coach Dave Martinez, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday that the plan is to have Bryant try left field.

"My biggest concern, always, with infielders going to the outfield and vice-versa is arm -- that you would hurt your arm because you would chose to use different arm stroke," Maddon said.

Maddon's advice? Don't do anything differently throwing than Bryant already does as a third baseman.

Bryant has made a strong case for a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, entering play Wednesday leading the Major Leagues with nine home runs this spring.

Extra bases

• Jon Lester, who missed his last start because of a tired arm, will start in a Minor League game on Thursday at the Cubs' complex.

Lester, the Cubs' Opening Day starter, was expected to make one more start after Thursday in another Minor League game. The left-hander threw a side session on Monday and said he just needed to build up arm strength.

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.