Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Caridad to DL, Jeff Gray recalled

Chicago Breaking Sports reports that a right-forearm strain has sent Esmailin Caridad to the DL, and righty Jeff Gray--acquired in the Jake Fox trade--will replace him on the roster.

While Caridad was excellent last season and I hope he can be productive in the set-up role this season as well, he has struggled out of the gate and can't seem to locate anything but his fastball. Gray had a 3.76 ERA with the A's last year and was yet to allow a run in four innings at Iowa this season. Therefore, this really doesn't hurt the Cubs at all.

Derrek Lee is out of today's lineup due to a minor right thumb injury. Fortunately the Cubs have a solid backup in Xavier Nady, and he will bat cleanup today behind Aramis Ramirez. Lee is expected to play tomorrow.

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