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Baez, La Stella constantly trade places in infield

Infielders moved from 3B to 2B depending on situation; Russell exits with injury
June 3, 2018

NEW YORK -- Cubs infielders Javier Baez and Thomas La Stella were busy trading places on Sunday.Baez started at third and La Stella at second in the Cubs' series finale against the Mets. But against a left-handed batter, Baez and La Stella would switch places. When the Mets had a

NEW YORK -- Cubs infielders Javier Baez and Thomas La Stella were busy trading places on Sunday.
Baez started at third and La Stella at second in the Cubs' series finale against the Mets. But against a left-handed batter, Baez and La Stella would switch places. When the Mets had a right-handed hitter at the plate, Baez trotted over to third and La Stella was at second.
All the switching kept the scorekeepers busy as they tracked their positions, but through five innings, neither infielder had a single play.
In the Mets' sixth, Benjamin Zobrist entered at second base and Baez moved to shortstop, replacing Addison Russell for the rest of the game. Cubs starter Jonathan Lester had not given up a hit at that point and the Mets' first knock came in the sixth when Kevin Plawecki bounced a grounder past Baez.
Anthony Rizzo and Kristopher Bryant did not start on Sunday, getting a breather after Saturday's 14-inning marathon, which the Cubs won, 7-1, with a six-run 14th. Baez didn't make an appearance in that game until the 14th when he came off the bench and smacked a two-run homer.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.