In the aftermath of Friday night's loss at Pittsburgh to Pirates LHP Paul Maholm, Cubs manager Lou Piniella called for another right-handed bat
, mainly to hit off the bench.
Stating the player will almost certainly have to come from within the organization, the candidates named in Paul Sullivan's article in the Chicago Tribune
1. Ronny Cedeno
2. Jake Fox
3. Matt Murton
4. Geovany Soto
Bringing up Soto to platoon with either Rob Bowen
or Koyie Hill
(both Bowen and K. Hill are out of minor league options, so it doesn't really matter which one stays and which one goes) could provide one right-handed bat immediately, and Fox (who can play 1B-3B-LF-RF and catch in a pinch) could be the other (replacing Felix Pie
on the 25, or Jacque Jones
if he can be moved). After going 4-5 Friday night, Cedeno is hitting close to .400 and would probably be an upgrade over Cesar Izturis
at SS (if and when the Cubs can find a taker for Izturis).