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It looks like today, the Chicago Cubs are going to call up pitching prospect Chris Carpenter (not that Chris Carpenter) to take a spot in the bullpen. Presumably, someone like Casey Coleman will be optioned back to AAA Iowa to make room.

The move is unsurprising with respect to the depleted bullpen, but is wildly surprising with respect to Carpenter.

Considered a top 10 prospect in the system before the season, Carpenter has had a rough 2011. After failing to make the bullpen out of Spring Training, the 25-year-old Carpenter struggled at AAA before being demoted to AA, where he’s been just so-so. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot in the second half, but that was back when he was a kid who was fresh off of dominating the Fall League with his 100 mph fastball. Having fallen on hard times, I don’t think too many were expecting to see him until 2013 – if at all.

As for what happened between the Fall and his early season struggles, it’s hard to say for sure. His velocity has been down, and he had terrible control at AAA Iowa – though he was still striking out over 9 per 9 innings. Perhaps the Cubs have seen him regain his form at AA and figure they might as well give him a look now.

Carpenter was a highly-touted 3rd rounder in the 2008 draft, and has been well-thought-of until this year.

It will be interesting to see him in action, but, God help me, if he is called up just to rot at the end of the bullpen, I will be one unhappy camper.

  • Fishin Phil

    I think my head is going to explode. These moves are making less sense all the time.

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    I read he’ll be starting at 3B tomorrow.

    • Andrew

      True. I heard Colvin is the starting pitcher tonight, too. At least the move of Randy Wells as the starting catcher makes sense…

    • http://www.frenchrocks.net Ian Afterbirth

      And batting lead off.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Don’t you mean you will continue to be one unhappy camper?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Ha. Touche.

      • Raymond Robert Koenig

        Hey, that was the nickname they gave me at my last job! Oh, that’s a T. Never mind.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

          I’m going to start calling you Touche (pronounced “toosh”).

          • Raymond Robert Koenig

            Toosh! Rhymes with ….. Never mind. I like Toosh better.

  • jstraw

    Showcasing him for a deal. Duh.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      If the Cubs could just get that one last piece…

      • pfk

        We’re too ambidextrous, we need a trade.

  • CubsFanatic

    Hopefully he does well. And just maybe he can help out the bullpen. But I do have one gripe. Isn’t there a certain OF that should have been called up by now? =/

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Eh. Not really – he’s still getting back into the swing of things after missing almost a month with the pinky problem. Plus, he’ll soon have nowhere to play regularly (with Soriano, Johnson, and Byrd due back), and I think we’d all agree we don’t want Jackson sitting the bench.

  • ry

    another day another stupid decision. are the cubs being ran by clowns?

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    I prefer to think of their owners and management as movie characters. Tom Ricketts is “Jiminy Ricketts” because he always has this certain look on his face. Mike Quade is “Cousin Eddie” (Randy Quaid) from the National Lampoon “Vacation” movies because of their last names. Hendry is “Jumbo”.

  • http://Bleachernation Ramy16

    I just saw that Felipe Lopez cleared waivers! Wasn’t the cubs trying to get him beginning of the season?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Ace

      Eh. They would have looked at him on a minor league deal, but now that he’s stunk up the joint and the Cubs have liked DeWitt in the role Lopez would play, I doubt they consider it.

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