Bote is starting at third base and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Pirates. Bote will be making his first start after the All-Star break, though he has appeared in both games. With Kris Bryant entrenched at third base and Robel Garcia climbing the depth chart at second, Bote will have to settle for a super utility role the rest of the way, though injuries could change things.
Bote is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. Bote was unable to take advantage of the three consecutive starts he drew heading into Sunday, going hitless across 10 at-bats while striking out nine times. With both Bote and Daniel Descalso looking lost at the plate heading into the All-Star break, the newly recalled Robel Garcia may have unseated both as manager Joe Maddon's preferred utility-infield option.
Bote is starting at third base and batting sixth in Sunday's game against the Reds. Bote will pick up his first start of the weekend series after appearing late in Saturday's contest. The 26-year-old is blocked from a starting role at the moment, but he's produced decently when he's played, as he has a .791 OPS and nine home runs in 203 at-bats.
Bote is not in the lineup Friday for the second day in a row. Bote is hitting just .200 in June, so manager Joe Maddon apparently decided to give him a couple days to clear his head. Addison Russell will man the keystone for the Cubs on Friday night -- the fifth time he has done so in the last eight games.
Bote is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Braves. Daniel Descalso will earn the start at second base in the series finale, but Bote appears to hold a playing-time edge over both him and Addison Russell at the moment. The utility man had started five of the previous six games, outpacing both Russell (four starts) and Descalso (zero) during that stretch.
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