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.
Today in a knee-jerk reaction the Chicago Tribune’s Phil RogersMr. Baseball trailer came up with the perfect solution to the Cubs’ current dilemma. Phil suggests that we immediately DFA Carlos Zambrano and then offload him cheap to the highest bidder. What a stroke of brilliance, why isn’t Krane Kenney replacing Jim Hendry with Rogers? He’s got this all figured out!
Seriously, I want to know what kind of whacky tobbacy Phil is getting, is it Maui Wowee or does it have red buds. It’s like the aphrodesiacs that certain politicians are using – why are the rest of us “cut off?” The last time the Cubs a brilliant idea like this it resulted in the College of Coaches.
Granted I’m not exactly thrilled with this 35-37 team. There are a lot of fissures and cracks in the power plant – we can talk ad nauseum about the lack of consistency, mental miscues and inability to produce in the clutch. The temper tantrums are getting old too, they aren’t helping the team; what would help more would be “a little less talk and a lot more action.” I respect Phil’s right as a senior journalist to say his peace but I really wonder if he’s thinking things through before he hurls his missives.
What do the stats say about Alfonso Soriano as a fielder? I am pretty sure what I think they should say.
During today’s game, when Alfonso misjudged another fly ball allowing it to drop, Bob Brenley said something like “It’s humorous that we keep talking about the problems with Fox and Hoffpauir’s defense when we see this on a daily basis.” He must be reading this board.
Following a burst of inactivity by the Cubs the Cardinals have traded for former Cub favorite Mark DeRosa. It cost St. Louis a young pitcher named Chris Perez and a PTBNL so now we Cubs fans will likely get to see DeRosa six more times this year and possibly sixteen games a year for the next couple of years.
I’m a bit perplexed as to why the Cubs’ brass seemed so disinterested in bringing Mark back, it appears not to have been what Cleveland was asking for in return. Does this guy have a communicable disease or something? He would have been a great stopgap for days when Ramirez wasn’t available or days when Milton Bradley was having a cool down session after one of this little temper tantrums. And what about having DeRosa available for when our second basemen get cold bats or Soriano needs a day off?
I guess we’ll never know, apparently Hendry and Piniella know something that we don’t (if that’s the case I’d sure like to hear it.) Best of luck with the Cards Mark, do us a favor and go easy on the Cubs, okay?