Cubs Make Superfluous Roster Moves

The Cubs have optioned Tyler Colvin and Marcus Mateo to Triple A and called up lefty Scott Maine and speedster Tony Campana.

Maine was sporting a 2.84 ERA in Iowa, striking out 21 in 19 IP, while walking just 8. Hard to imagine he'll be any worse than what he is replacing.

Campana was sporting a good luck line of 342/383/442 in Iowa earning his promotion. I wish him well, but he'll be hard pressed to find enogh playing time and such good luck in the majors(.423 BABIP in Iowa this season). He does bring speed with him, being successful in 8 of 9 stolen base attempts this year and 144/186 for his minor league career (77.2%). Of course, Yadier Molina wasn't playing in those leagues during the same time, so he probably won't see that success translate either.

Colvin did need to start getting some regular at-bats, although it's hard to figure out why he can't get them over Fukudome, Byrd or Soriano. For a team that already hits plenty of singles without walking much and in desperate need of some power, Colvin seemed closer to a cure than Campana, but neither will be effective without regular use.

It's also of note, as mentioned in the comments, that the Cubs are about to begin interleague play at American League parks starting off at Boston this Friday. Barring injury, Colvin cannot be recalled now for 10 days, leaving the Cubs DH options Reed Johnson, Castillo, DeWitt, Campana and Baker or more likely one of those play the field while the likes of Ramirez, Soriano and so forth get a defensive rest day. It's foresight like that keeps a century-plus losing streak alive.

Anyway, the appropriate deck chairs have been moved on this Titanic. May the disaster continue...

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not picking on you because i keep seeing people say it as if it's nothing...

"Colvin did need to start getting some regular at-bats, although it's hard to figure out why he can't get them over Fukudome, Byrd or Soriano."

what has colvin done to even hope to have a shred of bumping any of these guys out of regular starts?

he got chances to start in early april and didn't do anything. myself, i thought he should have been sent down weeks ago if they weren't going to use him for spot starts. if he was working with coaches to iron out a swing or something...he's been working on it since late april when he quit getting rest starts for others so much.

i like colvin and all, but he's been pathetic in 2011.

he got "screwed" a bit by jeff baker suddenly being a hitter and darwin barney going on his singles streak which doesn't seem to want to stop.

He has not played well in his 62 sporadic PA's, this is true. Would have been nice to try and get him some regular at-bats. I don't feel the need to make sure Byrd and Soriano play every day, they've done little to deserve it.

He certainly could have played in 3-4 games a week if Q-Ball wasn't so scared of the vets taking the job away from him that they gave him.

I'm of the opinion that Colvin needs regular at bats in AAA at this point. Aside from a hot 6 weeks to start 2010. Colvin has been a fairly pedestrian hitter since the day he was drafted. He still is absolutely awful at controlling the strike zone. Might as well let him work out the kinks, while stalling his service clock?

Best case he works it out and is a contributing asset for another 5 years? Worst case he tops out as a AAAA slugger.

"Wilken compares Vitters to Clemson outfielder Tyler Colvin, his first-round pick a year ago...
Wilken cited Vitters' presence as well as his ability to hit.

"He's a baseball player," he said. "That's what we are looking for. It's what we tried to emphasize last year [in the draft].

"You can see what we have with Tyler Colvin. He's a baseball player, and Josh is very much in that mode."

If they are looking for baseball players, why do they keep drafting football players?

I'm waiting for Hendry to cite some statistic going back to last year to rip Colvin some more. "Since September 3rd of last year Colvin has hit .111, and that asshole came to camp expecting a spot on the roster after we bragged about him all off-season as one of our 3 core players this year."

Not to be a bore on this subject, Rob, but what actually is the difference between saying that a guy is lucky to have a BABIP of .423, and his luck is bound to change, and that a guy has had a hot streak and raised his average to .342, and he's bound to cool off?

People have been saying the latter for a hundred years.

Anyway, I'm excited that Campana is on the team, for many reasons including that he has worked hard and he deserves a shot. (I'm so excited that I can't get off this blog today.) I thought it was insulting when Campana didn't get an invite to spring training.

the degree to which they cool off?

a simple enough overview...

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_s...

Or he could have just read what I posted in the previous thing.

For anyone else who reads that, pretty much ignore the Jimmy Rollins deal. The writer confused himself there.

33 minutes for MLB Live to do a piece on H.Killer.

it took them 20-30 minutes to do a piece on santo when he died.

i guess that's how they roll.

they've got a lot of hours of air space to fill. Think there would be an "intentional talk" without a crushing need for programming?

Wells goes in Peoria tonight, Cashner MRI shows same muscle strain, back to where he was 6 weeks ago. Two weeks rest, then slowly start throwing again. Probably talking after ASB if no further setbacks.

http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/sports/c...

Has a new bar been set for Cubbery? Chad ought to pay a visit tonight and leave his thoughts.

Any reason Montanez wasn't called up instead of Campana, seems like Luis is the hot bat right now? I would think the Cubs would take anyone that can hit for power right now. Might be an options issue if he's out of them, but seems wierd they didn't bring him up to play LF for the Bosox series and be 5th outfielder for a while. They guy is 29, it's not like he needs AB's in the minors at this point, it's time to see what he's got!

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    Tito 2 hours 37 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 41 min ago view
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    billybucks 2 hours 46 min ago view
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    Tito 2 hours 49 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 3 min ago view
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    VirginiaPhil 3 hours 6 min ago view
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    Arizona Phil 3 hours 12 min ago view
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    Hagsag 6 hours 56 min ago view
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    John Beasley 6 hours 58 min ago view
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    billybucks 13 hours 57 min ago view
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    crunch 14 hours 13 min ago view
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