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Reed Johnson Goes Down...What's Next for Jim Hendry?

With Reed Johnson going on the DL with a broken foot, the Cubs have to make a move tomorrow to take his spot on the roster. What will GM Jim Hendry do?  And will Johnson's injury change his priorities in advance of Friday's non waiver trade deadline?

I believe that the Cubs will probably add another arm to take some of the heat off of their bullpen for a day or two and that arm will probably be Jeff Stevens who was just optioned to Class AAA Iowa on Wednesday. He was sent out because he had pitched enough over the past few days that he was unavailable if Lou Piniella had needed him on Wednesday. Thus, he went back and Mitch Atkins came up. Normally a player has to stay in the minors for 10 days when he is optioned out, but that rule does not apply if he is recalled because of an injury.

Look for Hendry and Piniella to add another arm for a day or two and then they will add another outfielder to the mix, most probably Sam Fuld who played very well in limited action in two earlier stints this season with the Cubs. The trade deadline is Friday and while Hendry would love to add a Reed Johnson type of player, guys like him don't just grow on trees. Whoever Hendry adds has to be able to play CF.  Fuld can most certainly do that,  but he doesn't hit from the right side.  So if that is a concern for Lou Piniella, Hendry can consider some other options via trade. 

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Good! I want Stevens back.

OakLawnGuy said:

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If Fuld comes up, they should forget about a left handed hitting right fielder. And get some pitching. Probably too late for a quality starter, but with Lilly an unknown they can sure use one. Marshall's numbers as a reliever are much stronger than as a starter and he doesn't much time left to "stretch it out".

IrishYeti said:

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FILL IN HERO

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