Cubs call up Pierce Johnson, send down Jeimer Candelario

Well, Ian Happ is here to stay....for now, anyway.  Ben Zobrist reportedly felt good after batting practice and is ready to play.  That means one less position player is needed, allowing the Cubs to recall a pitcher to help boost the bullpen.

Johnson has shown swing and miss stuff as a reliever.  His fastball now sits in the mid 90s and touches 97 and his power curve gives him a second plus pitch that can miss bats.  Johnson struck out 21 batters in just 14 innings.  He has walked 11 batters, but only one in his last 4 appearances combined.  The Cubs saw enough progress to call him up and give him his first shot at the big leagues.

Happ will stay with the Cubs and it appears they are considering trying him at 3B and 1B to give him more opportunities to play.

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    Well, we're beginning to see the wave of pitchers. Last year Rob Z, and he did a very good job and Carl Edwards, jr who getting better and better. This year Felix Pena was effective and Pierce Johnson has been very good as a reliever. It seems like everyone has power pitchers as starters and relievers and Johnson fits right in there.
    Great move but I think that the Candy man will be up with us or someone else in the coming months.

  • Good for Pierce Johnson. Hopefully he will harness his control. John, I see Hatch has already walked 4 in 1 1/3 innings tonight. Do you see this as a "rust" issue or has he always had control issues?

  • In reply to Eric:

    Can't imagine why you or anyone else, including Joe feels that having 8 guys sitting in the bullpen and only 4 available pinch hitters, pinch runners and defensive replacements is a good thing. Zobrist is not as much help as some think. Yes he can hit a bit but the only place he can actually play is LF.

  • In reply to willycat:

    Joe has liked to carry 13 pitchers through long stretches without a day off since he's been here. It's no surprise. He likes to be able to to have the option of pulling his starter as early as the 5th inning at any time and the extra pen arm helps. He can get away with it because of the versatility of this club. Even pitchers can pinch hit. Also while I've been critical of Zobrist in RF, he isn't awful there and he's decent at 2B as well so calling him only a LF is pretty unfair.

  • Rumors, rumors which are true?

  • Rumors, rumors which are true?

  • Lets see if any of our pitching prospects can make the team

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