Roughly 20 minutes ago, we were relatively shocked (eh, maybe that’s a bit exaggerative), to learn that Tommy La Stella was in tonight’s starting lineup against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Of course, we expected the Cubs infielder/utility man back eventually – given that he agreed to take his cuts in the Minors, that is – but the earliest we envisioned such a move was tomorrow, September 1st.
You see, starting tomorrow anyone on the 40-man roster will be eligible to play for the Cubs, without the need for a corresponding move. So, recalling La Stella today when a corresponding move was necessary (just one day before he could have been called up without one) is – at least – a little unexpected.
Well, here we are:
To make room for La Stella, #Cubs option pitcher Spencer Patton to Iowa
— Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) August 31, 2016
Indeed, according to Bruce Miles (Daily Herald), the Cubs will simply option relief pitcher Spencer Patton “to Iowa,” to make room for the Cubs second baseman. I put “to Iowa,” in parenthesis, though, because with rosters set to expand tomorrow (and Iowa’s season set to end on September 5th), it’s entirely possible that he’ll simply stick around Chicago and be back with the team shortly.
I’m not quite sure why the Cubs couldn’t wait one more day, although I suppose tonight’s opposing pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong, has pretty significant lefty/righty splits in La Stella’s favor. Either way, La Stella is back. Hopefully, he looks good and ready to help the Cubs out down the stretch and into the playoffs.
If you missed any of the Tommy La Stella drama that preceded his return today, you can catch yourself up here, where there are many links.