The Cubs have been shuffling their roster in an effort, perhaps, to shake things up.
The 25 man roster is a bit imbalanced right now. There are 6 outfielders and just 5 infielders, with Cody Ransom being the lone infield reserve right now. You have to figure more moves will be made, especially once Ian Stewart comes back.
For now, however, it seems the platoon system stays in tact with Julio Borbon, who is expect to be in Milwaukee tonight, coming into play late inning defense and pinch-running as the 6th OF'er. It seems logical that the Cubs will try to improve their late inning defense by moving David DeJesus to LF and putting Borbon in CF.
Meanwhile, there is a bit of shuffling going down at Iowa. Hisanori Takahashi and Brent Lillibridge have cleared waivers and both have been assigned to Iowa. Casey Coleman was activated from the DL, Jaye Chapman was placed on the DL, and the Cubs have released RP Jensen Lewis.
We can expect more roster moves if and when Alberto Gonzalez clears waivers and is sent to Iowa. Barring a trade, the most likely moves are the activation of Ian Stewart, the demotion of Dave Sappelt, and perhaps the release of veteran Darnell McDonald. Though I don't really expect the Cubs to have to worry about those moves for another week or so.
Also in the news...
- In case you missed it earlier, we took a look at some numbers and it seems maybe the Cubs aren't as bad as we think.
- Matt Garza will be pitching two simulated innings today on the side, then head to AA Tennessee for a rehab start on Wednesday.
- Carrie Muskat reports that Kyuji Fujikawa played catch, throwing for the first time since going on the DL.
- DeJesus CF
- Castro SS
- Rizzo 1B
- Soriano LF
- Schierholtz RF
- Castillo C
- Valbuena 3B
- Barney 2B
- Samardzija SP
What to Watch For:
John: Anthony Rizzo is starting to take better swings and hit 3 balls on the button yesterday, one of which traveled 475 feet for the longest HR in the majors so far this year.
Felzz: Like the way David Dejesus has been swinging the bat. And a 1st inning lead would be just what the doctor ordered. Let's see if Dejesus can get the Cubs an early lead.
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