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Gyorko’s active and ready, but it’s Garcia starting at third vs. Cubs

April 17, 2018 8:33 pm

CHICAGO • Although the most bitter weather has passed — for the moment — and they’re ready to resume the baseball season at Wrigley Field after a two-day cold snap, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a cold-temp twist to the Cardinals lineup.

Activated Monday and added to the roster in time for Tuesday night’s game, Jedd Gyorko is not in the starting lineup.

Greg Garcia, in the afterglow of his two-homer game at Cincinnati, will start at third base, and he bumps Paul DeJong down a notch in the lineup. DeJong, the second-year starter who led the team in home runs a year ago,  is batting eighth as the Cardinals make their first visit of the season to Wrigley Field. 

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is back from the DL, and in the lineup.

The Cardinals brought Gyorko and reliever Luke Gregerson back from the 10-day DL on Monday. Gyorko has been recovering from a hamstring strain, and he appeared solely in back-field games this past weekend in Jupiter, Fla. Gregerson went through a traditional rehab assignment with a series of appearances for High-A Palm Beach.

Adam Wainwright will start against the Cubs, aiming for his first victory at Wrigley since 2016. He’s 10-2 with a 3.79 ERA in his career at Wrigley.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

  1. Dexter Fowler, RF
  2. Tommy Pham, CF
  3. Matt Carpenter, 2B
  4. Marcell Ozuna, LF
  5. Jose Martinez, 1B
  6. Yadier Molina, C
  7. Greg Garcia, 3B
  8. Paul DeJong, SS
  9. Adam Wainwright, P
  1. Ben Zobrist, RF
  2. Kris Bryant, 3B
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Willson Contreras, C
  5. Kyle Schwarber, LF
  6. Javy Baez, 2B
  7. Addison Russelll, SS
  8. Jason Heyward, CF
  9. Tyler Chatwood, P

The lineups offer one interesting switcheroo considering it wasn’t that long ago — three years to be precise — that Jason Heyward was the right fielder for the Cardinals and Dexter Fowler was the center fielder for the Cubs, and both were considering longterm stays at those places.

Now, how flipped it is. Fowler has moved to right field and found his five-year deal with the Cardinals, while Heyward is locked into a longterm deal with the Cubs and has been thrust into center field and asked to cover ample ground.

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