Wednesday, May 27, 2009

From Paul Sullivan

"In a shake up of their roster, the Cubs made three moves today to help their lineup and their pen.

Jake Fox, who is hitting .423 with 17 home runs and 50 runs batted in for Triple-A Iowa over 40 games, was called up. Joining the infielder from Iowa is shortstop Andres Blanco and left-handed reliever Jason Waddell. Blanco is hitting .314 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI. Waddell has made 18 appearances for Iowa and has a 5.40 earned-run average.

To make room for Fox, Blanco and Waddell, the Cubs put Aaron Miles on the 15-day disabled list and sent down fan-favorite Bobby Scales and lefty reliever Neal Cotts, who has struggled to get out left-handed batters this season."

I believe Cotts had to clear waivers to go down, so it's good to see that he apparently wasn't wanted by anyone else (no surprise there). Though Waddell wasn't tearing it up in Iowa, he can't be a whole lot worse than Cotts, so it's worth a shot.

It will be interesting to see if Fox gets any starts, or if they use him exclusively as a pinch-hitter due to his apparently awful defensive skills. Hopefully Scales will find his way back to the majors at some point. On a team struggling for offense, his recent 1-for-17 streak cost him.

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