Chicago Cubs: Jeff Stevens
Pitcher Casey Coleman is expected to be recalled and activated sometime this weekend and should start Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Cashner is out with a right right rotator cuff strain, and Wells has a right forearm strain. Neither will touch a baseball for two weeks, and Cubs manager Mike Quade said he is not counting on either pitcher for three to four weeks.
Stevens, 27, has pitched parts of the past two seasons with the Cubs, posting a 6.11 ERA in 18 games last season.
The Cubs’ lineup for Friday’s series-opener against the St. Louis Cardinals is:
Tyler Colvin, RF
Starlin Castro, SS
Derrek Lee, 1B
Aramis Ramirez, 3B
Marlon Byrd, CF
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Geovany Soto, C
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Randy Wells, P
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.
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.
According to major league baseball sources, Cubs right-handed pitcher Carlos Zambrano was placed on the 15-day DL with back pain Saturday.
Zambrano took himself out of his start Friday night against the Rockies after complaining about feeling tightness in his back during his bullpen session. He was also removed from his previous start against the Florida Marlins after three innings due to back pain.
According to sources, Zambrano left Denver on Saturday to return to Chicago for an extended battery of tests on his back at Northwestern Hospital.
In the meantime, the Cubs will most likely call up right-handed pitcher Jeff Stevens from Triple-A Iowa.
In a corresponding move, the Cubs will move a relief pitcher Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa.
Miles, who was placed on the DL with an elbow injury on June 30, will back up second and short. He was hitting .286 in his last 10 games at Iowa.