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Borbon's debut ends before it really starts

MILWAUKEE -- It was an inauspicious start to Julio Borbon's career as a Chicago Cub as he was thrown out to end the game trying to steal second base in a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

It was only minutes earlier the new Cub had arrived at Miller Park.

"Literally probably about five minutes before the game got over," Borbon said afterward. "They gave me the green light right away."

Borbon was claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers at about noon Friday and quickly packed his bags and left for Chicago. Arriving at O'Hare Airport at about the time the first pitch was thrown, he got into a car and made it to Miller Park as the ninth inning began.

"I ran a couple of sprints up and down the dugout and just went out there," Borbon said.

Borbon was used as a pinch-runner at first base for Dioner Navarro with two outs. Seconds later the game was over.

"If it happens tomorrow again, I'll be ready to do it," Borbon said.

But was he ready Friday?

Attempting to steal as the tying run in the ninth inning is a risky proposition on any day, but in Borbon's first game, just minutes after he arrived, it probably wasn't the best decision.