I’m currently with The Little Girl at dance class (on my phone like a jerk), so I’ll give a more robust update soon.
But until then, here’s the gist of today’s moves:
#Cubs moves today: Coghlan called up, Rosscup to Iowa, Fujikawa to 60 day DL. Arrieta active. Sweeney to DL
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) May 3, 2014
OK, I’m back at my computer and can offer a more substantive take on the roster moves today. Sweeney is reportedly expected to miss three to four weeks with his hamstring strain, which has become a relatively standard recovery minimum for even the slightest hamstring strains.
In his place, the Cubs brought up outfielder Chris Coghlan, 28, who was a nice minor league signing before the season, given that he’s a fringe ML bench candidate (and I mean that in a good way). At AAA Iowa, Coghlan was hitting .243/.379/.314, which isn’t terrible. He’s taking a whole lot of walks, even if he isn’t hitting for much power.
More on Coghlan in his original signing post here. The short version: he’s dealt with some injury issues since his Rookie of the Year campaign back in 2009, and hasn’t duplicated that success since then. He can play all over the outfield, which is a plus.
To open up a 40-man spot for Coghlan, the Cubs transferred Kyuji Fujikawa (Tommy John surgery) to the 60-day disabled list, which means they definitely aren’t expecting him back before the end of May, at the earliest. It always seemed aggressive that he didn’t open the season on the 60-day DL to start with, but he was flying in his rehab. A few weeks ago, though, he left an outing in Mesa early, and Arizona Phil says he hasn’t seen Fujikawa on the mound since. If you’re guessing based on those facts, you’d have to think he suffered some kind of setback and was shut down for a little while. We’ll see when he resurfaces, but hopefully it isn’t serious.
The Cubs also optioned lefty Zac Rosscup back to Iowa to open up a spot for returning starter Jake Arrieta, who makes his debut today. I’d have guessed that Brian Schlitter would be sent out, but I guess the Cubs don’t want to carry three lefties, even in an 8-man pen. I don’t really have much quarrel with it, given that it’s probably as fair to give Schlitter more of a big league look as it is to give Rosscup one. Hopefully Rosscup will be back up soon enough.
Carlos Villanueva effectively takes Rosscup’s spot in the pen.