Bogusevic building confidence with strong start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Brian Bogusevic is the first to acknowledge it's too early in Spring Training to be awarding any one a job. But he may have the inside track on a spot on the Cubs' bench.

"It's nice to get off on the right foot," said Bogusevic, who began play Wednesday 8-for-18 (.444) in nine games.

He played first base on Tuesday, and will see some time there as the Cubs try to find a backup for Anthony Rizzo.

"I've played there a little bit in the past, enough to be comfortable over there but not enough to be feeling like I know everything about it," Bogusevic said. "That's the good thing about having such a long Spring Training is that there's a lot of time to work on stuff. It's something I really want to work on."

Bogusevic grew up a White Sox fan in Oak Lawn, Ill., and attended De La Salle High School, which is near U.S. Cellular Field.

Did he ever imagine wearing a Cubs uniform one day?

"Once you turn professional, that goes out the window," he said of the intracity rivalry.

One element of Bogusevic's game that has impressed Cubs manager Dale Sveum is his approach against left-handed pitchers. He's a left-handed hitter.

"Sometimes there's a stigma that lefties don't like hitting off lefties," Bogusevic said. "It's tough, but I feel I'm capable of doing it. Over the last couple years when I've been in the role of coming off the bench, you don't get a lot of at-bats off left-handed pitching. I've had quite a few early in the spring and it's helped. The more reps you get, the more comfortable you get."

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.