Players get the message regarding lineups

CHICAGO -- Cubs players get a text message each night telling them if they're going to be in the lineup the next day. Manager Rick Renteria also makes sure he gives players a heads-up.

"We make sure they understand why we're doing what we're doing," Renteria said. "I've got no complaints about any players I have in terms of understanding what we're trying to do. I think it's best we communicate and make sure they understand."

He has encouraged players to talk to him, saying his office door is always open.

"If there's somthing you need to get off your chest, bring it," he said.

Has that happened?

"Not yet," Renteria said. "I don't know if it's because we talk. Even during [batting practice], you might call somebody in to have a conversation. I haven't had an issue."

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.