Cintron, Cedeno skip trip to Tucson

Cintron, Cedeno skip trip to Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Alex Cintron remained in Mesa on Saturday to heal after getting hit in the face by a foul ball while standing in the on-deck circle.

"He probably could've come today," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "He was a little sore. He's fortunate that he didn't get hit a little higher because it could've cracked his cheekbone."

Cintron was standing in the on-deck circle when Mark DeRosa fouled a ball back and it clipped him on the right side of his face.

Ronny Cedeno also missed the Cubs' game against the White Sox so he could rehab a tight hamstring.

"I told him [Friday] that 'You've got to get on the field,'" said Piniella, who is trying to sort out his bench players. "Everybody's got a little bit of a nick or pain. We left him behind. Maybe he'll be able to play tomorrow."

Piniella is looking for versatile players for his bench, and Cedeno has played outfield as well as short this spring, while Cintron was tested at second, short and third.

"One of the reasons you've seen [Cintron] at shortstop the past three, four days is we're trying to determine exactly what we're going to do with these backup roles and utility roles," Piniella said. "That's why you've been seeing Alex at short, [Mike] Fontenot at short -- just to see how much versatility you have."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.