8/13 Samardzija to Iowa; Berg up
Jeff Samardzija was optioned to Triple-A Iowa Thursday, one day after making his first ML start vs. the Phillies. The rookie right-hander gave up seven runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings in the Cubs’ 12-5 loss to the Phillies. The move was made more because the Cubs needed a fresh arm in the bullpen, and they recalled Justin Berg from Iowa.
“You keep working — there’s always things you need to improve on,” Samardzija said.
Also, Ted Lilly was back in the clubhouse after his five inning Minor League start at Class A Peoria, and said he’s ready to go Monday vs. the Padres. Tom Gorzelanny, hit on the right foot by a ball in Colorado, threw a bullpen Thursday, and said he’s ready to go Sunday against his former team, the Pirates.
— Carrie Muskat