Cubs rest Soto, start hot-hitting Clevenger

Cubs rest Soto, start hot-hitting Clevenger

Cubs rest Soto, start hot-hitting Clevenger
MIAMI -- Steve Clevenger was behind the plate Tuesday partly because Cubs manager Dale Sveum wanted his bat in the lineup and because it gives Geovany Soto an extra day to rest.

Clevenger entered the game 6-for-10 in five games, including 2-for-2 as a pinch-hitter.

"The guy can swing the bat, he has all the time," Sveum said. "Wherever he's gone, he's always hit. He's played enough infield positions in his career and life that he can handle himself. There's no doubt that when you have a guy who keeps swinging the bat, you get his bat in the lineup somehow."

Clevenger subbed at first base on Sunday. A former shortstop, he could play there if Sveum wants to give Bryan LaHair a breather.

"It just depends on matchups," Sveum said.