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Cub Recall Sam Fuld…DL AAron Miles Due to Acute Lack of Ability

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From the Cubs Media Department comes this wonderful tidbit:

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Sam Fuld from Triple-A Iowa. In addition, the Cubs placed infielder Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 21) with a hyperextended right elbow.

Fuld, 27, is hitting .286 (81-for-283) with 16 doubles, eight triples, 27 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 73 contests for Iowa this season, including a .398 batting average (33-for-83) this month. He has walked 32 times compared to just 22 strikeouts in 319 plate appearances, and has a .309 batting average (21-for-68) with runners in scoring position as the club’s full-time center fielder.

A left-handed batter and fielder, Fuld made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2007, appearing in 14 games as a September call-up. Originally selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2004 Draft, he is a career .287 hitter (537-for-1,868) in 496 minor league contests with 113 doubles, 26 triples, 18 homers, 185 RBI and 82 stolen bases.

Named the Arizona Fall League MVP in 2007, Fuld split 2008 between Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, combining to hit .264 (106-for-402) with a career-high 52 RBI.

Fuld will wear uniform No. 27 and is available for tonight’s 6:05 p.m. CT game against the Pirates at PNC Park.

Miles, 32, is hitting .203 (25-for-123) with seven doubles and four RBI in 46 games during his first season with the Cubs. This is his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined May 26-June 10 with a right shoulder strain.

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  • Mastrick

    Mills simply doesn’t add value, if he’s chomping at the bit to come off the DL he should be let go. Meanwhile the Cubs have wasted a roster spot since the 21st.

  • sherm

    Sammy “Baby Panda” Fuld

  • cap’n obvious

    Mastrick-

    I would submit that Miles roster spot has been wasted since April 6th.

  • Seymour Butts

    I will submit that he’s been a roster detraction since 31 December, 2008. Not only did his signing that day necessitate his inclusion on the 40 man roster, it made it possible to trade Mark DeRosa, as now we had this major stud hitter to play 2b. The Only flaw in this logic is that we did not also sign the guy who hit behind him in St Louis last year. I suspect that was the reason he put up decent numbers.

  • Trading DeRosa and signing Miles has little/nothing to do with each other.

  • Doc Raker

    Miles roster spot has been a problem long before 31, Decmeber 2008, it just became the Cubs problem on that day.

    I like Fuld, he has speed, can steal a base, play good D and hit. Play him, bench the all star, snicker snicker, Fukudome.

    I like Fox, he can hit and his D can’t be much worse than Soriano’s. When Aram returns bench the all star, triple snicker, and play Fox.

    I like Hoffa, he can hit and his D is better than Milkit’s. Bench Milkit and play Hoffa.

    Dave- why would signing one second baseman and trading one second baseman have nothing to do with eachother? Or did we trade DeRosa once we knew we had signed Paul Bako as our backup catcher?

  • Doc Raker

    Actually, it is a CHRONIC lack of ability. ACUTE would actually mean he will get better soon, that ain’t going to happen.

  • MJ

    Except that Miles has shown in the past that he does have ability. Your own fearless leader, sherm, liked the signing.

    Why is it when these guys put the Cubs uni on, they absolutely suck?

  • Doc Raker

    I think Miles sucked as a Cardinal last year also. Sherm is wrong plenty, he really isn’t our leader, just the guy who started a blog.

  • cubbiedude

    Doc, I totally agree with some of your suggestions, at least in the short term.

  • sherm

    I really am their leader. It’s okay, Raker, you can tell them. Now go get me a soda.

    I am wrong plenty. There are times when I am less wrong than others.

    I did like the Miles signing at the time. I thought he’d be an experienced back up infielder. Not a starter. Plus I thought he was little and cute, kind of like an ewok. And how can it be bad to have an ewok on the team?

  • Seymour Butts

    I think Miles sucked as a Cardinal last year also.

    He hit .317 , I ‘ll take that kind of suck. The issue is that he was mostly in the 2 hole, with Phat Albert behind him. He saw much different pitches than being protected by the Cubs pitcher.

    Trading DeRosa and signing Miles has little/nothing to do with each other.

    Dave you are smarter than this, re-think it. Miles was not signed to eat into Carlos Marmol’s playing time

  • MJ

    Plus I thought he was little and cute, kind of like an ewok. And how can it be bad to have an ewok on the team?

    The force is strong with sherm.

  • cap’n obvious

    He saw much different pitches than being protected by the Cubs pitcher.

    This is exactly my argument behind Soriano not hitting leadoff. If someone IS on base, its usually a fluke pitcher or AAmiles or some other #8 hitting castoff. If the Cubs are to go anywhere this season, it will not be with Soriano driving in the pitcher or the #8 hitter. This team has at least 3 Ewoks right now, and Ewoks get on base…sometimes. We need the big bad Wookies to start driving in runs, and that begins with them actually getting at-bats with runners in front of them.

    Here’s hoping (grasping) that Bradley’s night off (diaper change) motivates him into becoming more of a team guy and winner, and less Gary Sheffield as the summer moves forward. I’d love to see the Cubs pimping Bradley for the All-Star game…instead of Soriano. They both seem to have giant egos, but with Soriano, you don’t get the added production when he is coddled like a child. He just gets hot and cold like an inbound asteroid. Bradley seems to play better when the milk in his bottle is warm. I am so desperate, I am calling for the Cubs to kiss his booty in an effort to get even half his salary in production out of him. His contract is too rotten to ever hope we will be rid of him any time soon.

  • MJ

    Bradley’s contract was right in line with all of the other RF’s that inked deals this summer.

  • Dave you are smarter than this, re-think it. Miles was not signed to eat into Carlos Marmol’s playing time

    DeRosa was traded because the Cubs believed that Mike Fontenot could step in and be a starting 2b.

    Miles was signed as a backup.

    So sure… because DeRosa was traded (or going to be traded) they needed a backup 2b. But Miles was never supposed to replace DeRosa. He was supposed to replace Cedeno or Fontenot.

    Bradley’s contract was right in line with all of the other RF’s that inked deals this summer.

    What other RFers? Dunn and Ibanez are not and were not right fielders.

  • less Gary Sheffield

    Heh… pretty sure you would be silent about Bradley if he were performing like Gary Sheffield (career numbers: .292/.394/.516), even Shef’s numbers this year (.289/.397/.514).

  • MJ

    What other RFers? Dunn and Ibanez are not and were not right fielders.

    Give it a rest Dave. Fine, OUTFIELDERS.

    Never mind that they’re all playing a lot of RIGHT FIELD.

  • Never mind that they’re all playing a lot of RIGHT FIELD.

    Dunn has played 21 of his 76 games in RF this year. Ibanez has played 0 in RF this year.

    That is a lot of Right Field?

    Sorry… I just don’t think it is accurate to call Dunn or Ibanez right fielders.

  • MJ

    Whatever. Once again you are right.

    Must be a slow day, since your nit picking is full steam.

  • It isn’t nitpicking. There is a big reason why it is important.

    My view is that it isn’t realistic to compare Bradley with Ibanez/Dunn, as they never were legitimate options to play RF on a full-time basis.

    Bradley won’t ever win a gold glove in RF, but he is infinitely better than Ibanez/Dunn. And yes, defense does matter.

  • MJ

    I’ve never argued that defense doesn’t matter.

    And why was Hendry looking to trade for Ibanez to play RF last year?

    And Bradley the guy that played 20 games was a legitimate option for RF? Looks like the options were all pretty equal to me.

  • And why was Hendry looking to trade for Ibanez to play RF last year?

    I have no idea. Of course, we don’t really know what Hendry tried to do last year.

    And Bradley the guy that played 20 games was a legitimate option for RF? Looks like the options were all pretty equal to me.

    The number of games they played last year is somewhat irrelevant. Their ability to actually play out there is much more relevant.

    Sorry… I just don’t think that Lou would have ever put up with Ibanez or Dunn playing in RF every day. If he wasn’t okay with Hoffpauir without there, he wouldn’t be okay with Dunn or Ibanez.