Monday, June 28, 2010
Cubs to recall Stevens, Russell
By Bruce Levine
Right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens and left-handed pitcher James Russell will be recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday’s game against the Pirates. Stevens replaces Carlos Zambrano on the roster and Russell replaces John Grabow, who reinjured his left knee in the seventh inning of Monday’s 2-1 loss to the Pirates.
Grabow will see an orthopedic specialist on Tuesday to determine what type of damage was done on Monday night. The Cubs put Grabow on the disabled list immediately after the game.
The Cubs are now 11-18 in one-run games in 2010. They are 15-26 in games decided by two runs or less.
RHP Randy Wells’ six innings of one-run baseball gave the Cubs their 48th quality start of the season. The Cubs rank second in the National League in that department, and third overall in baseball.
RHP Brian Schlitter became the ninth rookie to appear in a game for the Cubs this year.
The Cubs honored broadcaster Ron Santo with a ceremony before Monday night’s game, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Santo breaking into the Major Leagues with the Cubs (June 26, 1960).
Santo said that he was most proud of having his number retired by the Cubs, but also took great pride in helping raise $70 million to fight juvenile diabetes, a disease that Santo played his entire career with and which he continues to battle.
Santo retired from baseball after the 1974 season. He spent 13 years with the Cubs and one with the White Sox. Santo began his radio broadcast career in 1990 in a three-man booth along with Thom Brennaman and Bob Brenley.