Short Hop

  • The Cubs have recalled Neal Cotts from AAA-Iowa, sending Jose Ascanio back down. Ascanio gave up one run in his 4 appearances, which initially begged the question why he was being sent back down. But with the Rockies lineup being dominated by left-handers, the Cubs felt the need to add a second lefty to the 'pen. In addition, Lou has been saying for about a week now that he wanted a second lefty in the 'pen with now 4 right-handed starters. Cotts has been pitching well at Iowa...he has a 2.00 ERA in 19 relief appearances, and he's held left-handers to a .206 BA.

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