Steve Clevenger has been tearing it up for a few days at AAA Iowa, but, more importantly, he’s apparently felt good. For that reason, the Cubs were thankfully able to activate Clevenger from the disabled list, and send back-back-back-back-up catcher (seriously) Blake Lalli back to Iowa.

Clevenger has been out since April 25 with a strained oblique and broken rib cage cartilage. All in all, missing only about a month is a pretty swift return for that kind of injury. In his five games at Iowa, Clevenger hit .462/.533/.846 in 15 plate appearances.

At the time of his departure, Clevenger was hitting .500/.522/.727, albeit in just 23 plate appearances. Some were calling for him to overtake Geovany Soto as the primary start at that time. That still seems like the wrong approach to me, but, with Soto still out for a little while yet, and Welington Castillo also on the DL, Clevenger should get at least a few starts this week (assuming he’s really 100%).

Today’s early lineup has Koyie Hill drawing the start against lefty Eric Stults, and that’ll probably stick even after this roster move. Clevenger might get a pinch hit opportunity late, but we otherwise will have to wait until tomorrow for his return to action.

  • MaxM1908

    Praise Jeebus! Praise Jeebus!

  • King Jeff

    Nice, glad to see Clevenger back. He was getting some huge hits early in the year, and his game management was better than what I was expecting from a recently converted infielder.

  • Packman711

    So what happens to Hill when Soto returns? Is he tossed out on Waveland?

    • Brett


      He’d be sent down, but he’d have the right to reject an assignment and elect free agency.

      • King Jeff

        Reject assignment? What’s he going to do, go back and hit below .200 for another double A team, or go to Iowa and be the Cubs emergency catcher?

      • Fishin Phil

        Yes, I’m sure the free agency offers would be rolling in fast and furious.


  • Puma0821

    Can we make him one of those coach/emergency catcher types in AAA? I think they did that with Mark Johnson a few years back…

    • Brett

      Not a bad idea.

  • @cubsfantroy

    He would accept the assignment or retire. I don’t see anyone that would line up at his doorstep for his services.

    • Diesel

      Maybe we can trade him to the Brewers.  Lucroy is out 4-6 weeks with a broken hand he suffered when his wife dropped a suitcase on it.

  • Dustin S

    At todays game with my granddaughter for her first game. Hopefully they can make it 2 in a row. Plus Shark’s bobblehead day so can’t beat that.

  • Alex K

    He had good numbers from behind the plate, not at the plate. Take away the bat and give that man a clipboard. I still can’t believe he’s on team again. Wow.

    • cccubfan

      I really have to agree with you here Alex. I think that Hill could become the next Dave Duncan as a catcher turned pitching coach. I may get some laughs over that but I think it could happen. He knows how to handle the staff. Go ahead and LOL this comment folks….

      • Joker

        It’s not an outlandish proposal. I’m not sure of Hill’s desires, but he’s clearly found a home with the organization and apparently is well thought of in the right circles. I could see him starting out as a “roving instructor” and see if he catches on with an affiliate down the line.