Today the Cubs announced that they have recalled Sam Fuld from the Iowa Cubs in time for Sunday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals. In the short term this move makes perfect sense – it gives the Cubs six outfielders (including Hoffpaiur) to use in the day-nighter. This means fresh legs and fresh bats and, assuming Lee gets part of the day off plenty of at bats for Micah. The chances are excellent that Jake Fox will get a look at catcher, it will be interesting to see how he does. I remember the days when Keith Moreland would occasionally play behind the plate – it wasn’t an optimal solution but it sure worked in a pinch.
That having been said the Cubs should make alternative plans behind the plate after the All Star break, we need a backup catcher that can come in and catch one game every five, that way Fox is available off the bench to pinch-hit. That would mean sending Fuld down – given the lack of sustained offense the Cubs need to make do with six relievers even if that means returning Patton to the Rockies in order to bring up another guy.