Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 1 Month

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Valbuena had an RBI double in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a short-lived lead, his 18th RBI of the season. He's now had six multi-hit games in his last eight, raising his average to .292. Valbuena is also somewhat surprisingly among the National League leaders with a .391 on-base percentage in what's been a strong offensive season for the 28-year-old.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 1 Month

Luis Valbuena is batting leadoff for the Cubs Sunday.

It's the 27th time in his career but just the second time this season that Valbuena has been in the leadoff spot. It makes sense, as he's one of the Cubs' most patient hitters and is also their hottest hitter with a .417/.432/.639 batting line over the last 11 games. Valbuena sports a nice .291/.390/.471 line overall this season.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 2 Months

Luis Valbuena (abdomen) is back in the Cubs' starting lineup on Tuesday night versus the Mets.

Valbuena missed two games because of a minor abdominal injury. He's playing third base and batting fifth.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 2 Months

Luis Valbuena (abdomen) is expected to return to the Cubs starting lineup on Tuesday.

He has been dealing with a minor abdominal injury, which shouldn't be a problem moving forward. In his 47 games on the season, Valbuena is hitting .263/.384/.436 with three homers and 12 RBI.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 2 Months

Luis Valbuena is not in Sunday's lineup due to an abdominal injury.

The ailment isn't considered serious, so Valbuena should be listed as day-to-day. Mike Olt is at third base and Darwin Barney is at second base Sunday.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 2 Months

Luis Valbuena hit his third homer and walked twice against the Padres on Saturday.

He's now halfway to his spring total of six homers. Valbuena, though, has been very solid playing against right-handers, hitting .265 with 11 doubles and 23 walks in 117 at-bats. As thin as the third base market it, he should be a pretty nice piece of trade bait for the Cubs this summer.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 2 Months

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's loss to the Cardinals.

Valbuena took Adam Wainwright deep for a two-run blast in the third inning, his second homer of the season. He also doubled in the top of the 12th inning, finishing an elusive triple shy of the cycle. The third baseman is batting .226 with a .738 OPS in 35 games this year.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 3 Months

Luis Valbuena had a nice day at the dish in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI.

Valbuena delivered his RBI double off Trevor Rosenthal with two outs in the ninth inning, cutting the Cardinals advantage to 5-4, but was stranded at second base. Even with the two-hit effort, he's still hitting a disappointing .227 on the season and stuck in a timeshare with Mike Olt at third base.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 3 Months

Luis Valbuena got a rare start atop the Cubs lineup on Tuesday and made the most of it, going 2-for-4 and scoring three times in a win over the Diamondbacks.

Valbuena was the catalyst for an offense that put up nine runs on the evening. He scored all three times he was on base after scoring just three runs all season prior to Tuesday.

Luis Valbuena 2B/3B CHC 4 Months

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt will split time at third base.

But the higher upside lies with Olt -- a former top prospect of the Rangers -- and he seems likely to take over the job within the first few months. It probably won't be an ideal situation for fantasy purposes early on.