cubs.com’s Carrie Muskat reported that newly acquired infielder Luis Valbuena was not on the Cubs’ lineup card for today’s second game of the season against the Washington Nationals, which could mean he is being outrighted to Iowa to make room for Rodrigo Lopez, who will be available for today’s game. A move will be official before the 12:05 first pitch.
1B Bryan LaHair is expected to be available for today’s game after recovering from a lower back injury. While he will not start today, against National’s lefty Gio Gonzalez, LaHair is expected to start his first game of the season tomorrow, in the opening series finale.
Today’s starters are Matt Garza (0-0), making his fourth career start against the Nationals and LHP Gio Gonzalez, making his Nationals debut after being acquired from the A’s this off-season. Garza is 0-1 with a 7.90 ERA in his career vs. Washington, while Gonzalez is 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in one start against the Cubs.