7/10 Quick hits
Kevin Hart will start Monday for the Class A Peoria Chiefs. Hart was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after making his first Major League start. The Cubs want the right-hander to stay on schedule for the second half — he’s filling in for Ryan Dempster — so he’ll get some action in the Minor Leagues this week. Iowa will be off for the All-Star break, which is why Hart can’t pitch for that club.
* The Cubs apparently tried to claim a catcher who was designated for assignment, but lost out. On Friday, Chris Coste was designated by the Phillies, and the Astros claimed him, so he could’ve been the one. The Cubs are looking outside the organization to find a backup while Geovany Soto rehabs from a left oblique strain. Soto could be sidelined a month.
* Derrek Lee has hit six home runs in hs last nine games, and now has 17 for the season. He had 15 by the All-Star break one year ago. Thirteen of Lee’s 17 homers have come at Wrigley.
– Carrie Muskat