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gods-wrathYou know it’s God’s Wrath when a guy finally starts hitting the ball hard after a prolonged slump to start the year, and then he gets hurt.

Running in the outfield today, Ryan Sweeney came up lame with an apparent leg injury (he still made the catch, though). It looked like it could be a hamstring, but we won’t know much until after the game (and then probably after tests). Sweeney left the game.

With Justin Ruggiano already out with a hamstring injury, the Cubs’ already thin outfield just got a lot thinner. Assuming Sweeney needs a stint on the DL, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Kalish, and Junior Lake are the only healthy outfielders on the roster (with Emilio Bonifacio rotating in). You’ve got to figure the Cubs will need to replace Sweeney with an outfielder, and the 40-man options are Brett Jackson (injured), Josh Vitters (struggling), Matt Szczur (has barely played at AAA), Jorge Soler (injured and wouldn’t come up anyway), and Logan Watkins (not a true outfielder).

It’s a bit of a motley crew at this point, but the best guess is probably Vitters or Szczur.

We’ll see on Sweeney’s injury before we get too far ahead of ourselves.

  • Zpearsonccs

    I think it’s going to be Vitters…Makes sense.

    • Q-Ball

      Normally, yes, but he’s been pretty awful lately. I suppose one more chance can’t hurt….

    • Jon

      Have you seen Vitters lately? He’s been awful.

      Couglan slides up here. Makes sense.

      • ssckelley

        Funny, just two weeks ago I was all over wanting Vitters up.

      • Seabee

        Coghlan not on the 40 man. It’s gonna be Szczur or Alcantara.

        • ssckelley

          It does not have to be one of those two, as I state in another thread it might be time to DFA Brett Jackson from the 40 man anyway.

    • Spriggs

      Did the NL adopt the DH?

      • Medicos

        No

  • http://BN Sacko

    What did he do anyway?

  • MightyBear

    Cubs are undefeated in May.

  • renegade4196

    Szczur. I love how this team needs injuries to learn how to call up the kids.

    • roz

      “Szczur. I love how this team needs injuries to force them to call up the kids who aren’t ready yet.”

      FTFY

      • blublud

        I dont know that Szczur can be any more ready.

        • PejaO42

          Mabye more than 86 ABs at AAA to start

      • renegade4196

        Let’s see, Szczur is 24, and has consistently done well in AA and AAA. If we have a major league team full of AAA players, what does the difference make? Some of you people have awfully high standards for someone being ready. He’s gonna be 37 by the time he’s “ready”

        • roz

          He’s had 86 PA’s at AAA, nothing he’s done there this year can be characterized as “consistent.” Implying that Szczur should not have had to wait for Ruggiano and/or Sweeney to go on the DL to get called up is ridiculous.

          • blublud

            I don’t know what you expect, but Szczur has almost 1800 PA in his career including 700 PA in AA. A few more AAA at bats isn’t going to make him any more ready.

            • roz

              So he should have just skipped AAA?

              • ssckelley

                That does happen a lot.

                • baldtaxguy

                  Good thing it did not happen for Baez

              • blublud

                Lets just say I have seen players call up with a lot less experience. Im not sure he’ll get the call, or if he should, but if he’s needed, he’s plenty ready.

              • renegade4196

                Castro skipped AAA hahaha

                • Cubs_Questions

                  Different FO promoted him though. Theo and Jed don’t seem eager to call anyone up quickly if they don’t have to.

                • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

                  Wow Castro and Szczar are not comparable, just because one player turns into gold doesn’t mean we should expect it for ALL THE PLAYERS. Also Castro was called up early.

                  • Ivy Walls

                    Listen all your experts (Knot), if Sweeney goes down there are more considerations than merely filling a hole, Cubs FO is also about maintaining the plan, I am not saying Szczar or no Caesar, I am saying that who has earned it and who will provide the best impact for the future. Seazer could come up and replace Lake and that might be in the cards soon or now, but I think Alcantara is the one they tap as an example to the entire organization. He is performing and developing as prescribed, it would allow Bonafacio in the short term to play CF and still have impact in the lineup.

  • Jon

    Not God’s Wrath worthy

    • BlameHendry

      lol. Exactly. I wouldn’t be even the slightest bit disappointed if Sweeney couldn’t play the rest of the season.

      • ssckelley

        Now that is a bit harsh, Sweeney was hitting the ball really well before he got hurt.

        • BlameHendry

          Maybe he was, but honestly what kind of future does Sweeney have? He’ll likely always be a 4th outfielder.

          • renegade4196

            ^ Exactly. That shows we have a bad team if any of us are disappointed at losing Sweeney.

            • DarthHater

              Glad you were able to figure out that the team is bad. Now all you need are 100 more fascinating ways to explicate this insight.

          • Jon

            To the Cubs, he’s their Ellsbury

  • Seabee

    I wouldn’t mind if Alcantara comes up and splints time with Barney, and Bonifacio plays CF full time.

    • another JP

      This.

      • Eternal Pessimist

        I sure hope they don’t waste Alcantara’s clock on an early call-up this year. He is the better long term prospect. I won’t lose sleep if Szczur comes up early. He’s done enough to compete with our current outfield, and who knows – he just might get inspired playing at Wrigley. God’s Redemption watch, here we come.

        • Hee Seop Chode

          Is Alcantara the sort of prospect who will be onerously expensive in the future? I’m not sure he projects that way thus far. Or you could give him a cup here for 2 weeks to get a taste and then send him back if service time is that much of a concern.

    • Jason P

      I would. Not only is Alcantara not ready (that K/BB at AAA is ugly), but why in God’s name would we platoon him with Barney?

      • cubbiehawkeye

        I’d think he would get a full time shot if he were called up.

        • cubbiehawkeye

          Unless he’s brought up in September…

  • Chef Brian

    Wow, Tough crowd.

  • Ed

    chris coghlan?

  • J. L.

    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 9m

    Chris Coghlan was scratched from @IowaCubs starting lineup tonight. Believe he’s headed to Chicago to join #Cubs

    • DarthHater

      Theo the Cookie Nazi strikes again: “No cookies for you fans! Next!”

  • J. L.

    What really bums me out about Sweeney getting hurt is that Junior Lake will probably get more playing time now.

  • another JP

    I’m OK with Coghlan getting the call but I wonder who gets bumped from the 40 man roster?

    • Cubs_Questions

      Hopefully Brett Jackson.

    • baldtaxguy

      Or Vitters

  • SteveGA

    Along with Coghlan they should bring up Szczur and send down Lake. He’s been pathetic.

  • clyder

    I would like to see Watkins get a chance to play. Last year Theo brought him up & Sveum just let him rot on the bench for 6 weeks. He just started playing the outfield this year but it could be a good move toward the future.

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Oh my Watkins love is back, please give one valid reason to all him up and who do we cut in his place.

  • Mike

    Not that I want Watkins to come up, but you wouldn’t need to cut anyone to bring him up seeing as he is already on the 40 man. I agree with you though, there is no good reason to bring him up. Coghlan is probably the most deserving, glad to see he is getting the call.

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      He’s not on the 25 man roster I think the only infielder that have options is Olt.

      • Mike

        Yeah but nobody would need to be cut though, that is why there are disabled lists. Not sure where you are getting at. Watkins technically can play the outfield, albeit not that well. I’m not advocating that he does and certainly don’t think he will, just saying that they wouldn’t be cutting anyone if that happened.

        • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

          My point is that to call him up would mean he’s playing the infield he’s not an OF regardless if he has played it. We still need an OF and bringing him up without sending Olt down is a bad idea. Plus he isn’t very good regardless of the scrappy love going around here. He’s a lesser Barney and that isn’t isn’t very good. He and BJax will be removed from the 40 man very soon.

          • Mike

            Anyway, I have already said he isn’t coming up, shouldn’t come up and shouldn’t play the outfield. It sounded like you thought that someone needed to get cut for a replacement to come up and forSweeney. I was simply trying to let you know that wasn’t going to happen. It seems like we are in the same book but not on the same page here.

            • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

              Yeah I haven’t had enough coffee we are on the same page.

  • Diehardthefirst

    Barney haters would like Aaron Hill who would give Cubs Castro lift in field and at bat- AD ears half salary makes deal tempting

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Anyone else certain Die hard is having a stroke?

  • Diehardthefirst

    Eats

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Okay I officially calling the Retirement Castle die hard was not given his meds.

      • Mike

        LOL

  • baldtaxguy

    I’d like Jackson cleared off the 40-man and call up Andreoli. Guys got game, fast. Have him in the 2-hole behind Bonafacio. Steal bases, generate runs.

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