DeJesus, LaHair to remain in center, right

DeJesus, LaHair to remain in center, right

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he'll stick to his revamped lineup as much as he can when the team returns to National League play this weekend against the D-backs.

That would mean Bryan LaHair is in right field and David DeJesus in center.

"That's basically what we'll hang onto as much as we can," Sveum said.

The Cubs took advantage of the designated hitter this week to insert LaHair in the outfield as the team prepares for the arrival of first baseman Anthony Rizzo, a top prospect at Triple-A Iowa.

DeJesus, 32, has primarily played center field in his career and Sveum doesn't think age has caught up with the outfielder.

"The one thing about David is his routes are going to be really good all the time," Sveum said. "He understands how to get balls, how the balls come off a right-hander's bat, a left-hander's bat. He's very athletic with the way he can move his body. He's done an awesome job in right field.

"I saw [Jim] Edmonds play center field at 40 years old and it was one of the smoothest things I've ever seen," Sveum said. "The knowledge comes into play a lot more than the speed and what age you are."