Quantcast

After getting knocked around for a few innings yesterday, Mitch Atkins is headed back to AAA Iowa. To replace him, the Cubs have recalled Jeff Stevens.

Stevens, 26, begins his third stint with the Cubs this season, having recorded a 5.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances from May 19 to June 26 and June 29 to July 5.

He held opponents to a .226 batting average in his first 15 big league outings before giving up six earned runs in his last two outings, July 2 and July 4 against Cincinnati.

With Triple-A Iowa this season, Stevens had a 3.18 ERA in 16 relief appearances. He gave up one home run in 22 2/3 innings.

Atkins, 24, had a 6.43 ERA in three relief outings for the Cubs since he was recalled July 7. With Iowa this season, Atkins was 5-2 with one save and a 3.60 ERA in 18 games (10 starts). cubs.com.

Of the Atkins/Stevens/Berg ilk, none has established himself as more than a very good AAA pitcher. At least for 2010, though, they’ll keep getting chances.

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball or the Chicago Cubs. Neither MLB nor the Chicago Cubs have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover the Chicago Cubs.

Bleacher Nation is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Google+