8/2 Coleman to join Cubs Monday

The Cubs will add another pitcher to the bullpen on Monday when the call up Casey Coleman from Triple-A Iowa. His father, Joe, and his grandfather, Joe, both pitched in the big leagues and the Coleman family will be the first pitchers in Major League Baseball to have three generations play.

Coleman was 10-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts at Iowa. He has struck out 59 in 117 1/3 innings, and was holding batters to a .243 average. He doesn’t overpower hitters and has been compared more to a Greg Maddux type of pitcher.

Thomas Diamond was expected to be called up to make Tuesday’s start against the Brewers. The right-hander was 5-4 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 starts for Iowa, striking out 104 in 108 1/3 innings. Opposing teams were hitting .218 off him.

The Cubs are at 24 on the roster with the trade of Ted Lilly to the Dodgers (Blake DeWitt takes Ryan Theriot’s spot). Details to come.

– Carrie Muskat 

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