CINCINNATI -- Ryan Kalish found his name in the lineup for a second straight day, batting second and playing right field for the series opener in Cincinnati.
The move, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria, was simply in an effort to give Nate Schierholtz a break. With Justin Ruggiano on the disabled list until at least May 9, backup options in the outfield have narrowed a bit.
"We're going to try to give Schierholtz a day or so," Renteria said. "He's been grinding out every at-bat. He hates to come out of the lineup. That's great, because you want them to want to be in there. Right now, we're giving him kind of a blow."
One of Renteria's challenges has been to find playing time for some of the younger players who have been struggling while making sure they're not putting added pressure on themselves as the tough times mount.
"We're trying to give them as many starts as we possibly can and trying to find the right mixes," Renteria said. "We constantly have conversations and try to make sure they stay upbeat, make sure they understand they don't have to get two and three hits to get back in the lineup the next day."