Short Hop

  • Two roster moves for the Cubs today. As expected, the Cubs recalled Sean Marshall from Iowa to make the start tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. To make room, the Cubs placed Reed Johnson on the DL with his continuing back problem. Also, Daryl Ward is back with the club after his quick 3 game rehaber in Iowa, where he went 5-10. Ward has been out since May 14th recovering from a bulging disc in his lower back and issues with his hip. Ward will likely be the DH over the weekend against the ChiSox. To get Ward up, the club sent Micah Hoffpauir back to Iowa. Keeping both Ward and Hoffpauir on the roster would have been a move straight from the Department of Redundancy Department. They're both big guys who are left-handed and can hit, but can't play OF. Good news here is that Eric Patterson was rewarded for his strong play lately and will stick with the club, potentially for a while. When ReJo is ready to go again, the club could very well opt to send Matt Murton back to Iowa and keep Patterson on board.

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