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July 2009



Sometimes I don't Understand Mr. Hendry

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Cubs Released this today:

Update: Apparently Jeff Stevens, who was acquired in the DeRosa deal,  will be taking Hart’s place on the roster for tomorrow’s game – (Source

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– The Chicago Cubs have optioned right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart to Triple-A Iowa, effective following yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.  The Cubs will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Additionally, the Cubs today reinstated left-handed pitcher Jason Waddell from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Iowa.

Hart, who made the start yesterday against Atlanta, is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA (2 ER/10.2 IP) in five appearances (one start) for the Cubs this season.  In his first-career big league start yesterday, he allowed one run on four hits and five walks in 5.0 innings, striking out three, in a 4-1 setback.

The 26-year-old Hart is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) with Iowa this season.  Hart is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) in those six starts, striking out 32 batters and walking only 14 in 32.0 innings.  Opponents recorded only a .157 batting average against Hart in those six starts.

Waddell posted no record and a 5.40 ERA (1 ER/1.2 IP) in three relief appearances for the Cubs this season.  He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA (10 ER/16.2 IP) in 18 relief outings with Iowa.

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  • cap’n obvious

    hard to figure that one out with Dempster down for a while. curiouser and curiouser. A large trade looming perhaps?

  • Seymour Butts

    Perhaps Marshall gets the next start? But since it won’t be until after the break, It could be anybody.
    It was probably easier to run a ball club (or anything) back when moves came out slowly in the paper, or telegraph. We have an awful lot of instant feedback now that though good for us must be frustrating to the subjects of such info.

  • MJ

    I’m guessing they’d rather have an extra arm in the pen, with full rest for the weekend series.

  • Christian

    There’s no need to keep Hart around considering he can’t pitch for the next four days, so might as well bring up a bullpen arm. Plus, with the ASB coming up the Cubs won’t need a fifth starter for a while.

    These sorts of shenanigans happen all the time right before the break…

  • Maybe, they want to give Jeff Stevens a look for a possible trade.

    Good insight Seymour, it probably is difficult for these players to see this info in the media before they even get there morning coffee.

    Isn’t there a limit on optioning someone down? If they do want to bring HArt back up after the ASB aren’t they burning an option?

  • Isn’t there a limit on optioning someone down? If they do want to bring HArt back up after the ASB aren’t they burning an option?

    Options are actually by year. A player has 3 (sometimes more based on rules we don’t need to go into) before they have to clear waivers. This is year 2 of Hart’s 3

  • Mastrick

    This move makes perfect sense – with the day off today Hart will not get a start prior to the All Star break. So rather than give him a spot relief appearance or two they brought up a guy who’s doing quite well in a relief role. What *doesn’t* make sense to me is why Soto has not been DL’ed, we have to quit short-benching when we know guys aren’t going to play for a week or so. Give them fifteen days off and let somebody else play for cryin’ out loud. Soto had improved recently but he wasn’t burning it up. Why not DL Geo and bring a catcher up? The Cubs have a double header on Sunday…

  • Mastrick is right… Hart is getting sent down and will make one start down in AAA, and will be able to come back when he is needed. Stevens will be available in the bullpen.

  • Doc Raker

    With a double header on Sunday probably not wise to have a short bench or bullpen.

  • With a double header on Sunday probably not wise to have a short bench or bullpen.

    There is no short bench or short bullpen. The Cubs currently, as of today, will have 11 pitchers and 14 hitters on their roster. They normally play with 12 pitchers and 13 hitters.

    But in reality, the Cubs will still have their 7 bullpen pitchers, as Stevens is taking Hart’s slot. And with Soto unavailable, they will still have 13 hitters.

  • Terrelle Pryor 2

    How come Hart has one more option year remaining but was on the MLB roster in 2007 and 2008 as well, yet Felix Pie was out of options after 2008, but he was on the MLB roster only in 2007 and 2008, while apparently, Mike Fontenot still has options, and he has been on the MLB roster for parts of seasons since 2005?

  • lizzie

    I don’t recall Pie being out of options but I might be wrong.

    As for Fontenot, he was on the MLB roster in 2005 but not for long enough for it to count, and was not called up at all in 2006. So that leaves 2007/2008/2009 as his three years, but since it’s been more than three years since he first played (with the big boys), he has to clear optional waivers first. So he’s different from Hart in that respect. Hart can just be sent.

    Hope that helps. And if I got something wrong someone else will chime in I’m sure!