5/5 Roster moves
The Cubs were expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday. Sweeney was pulled from the second game of Iowa’s Sunday doubleheader and told by manager Marty Pevey that he was headed to the big leagues.
“It’s a good feeling,” Sweeney told the Des Moines Register. “I put in some hard work down here and hopefully, I’ll go up there and transfer it over.”
Sweeney, 28, has played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 batting average over seven seasons in the big leagues. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox, batting .260 with 16 RBIs. Boston released him on March 30, and he signed with the Cubs on April 2.
A left-handed hitter, he was batting .337 in 23 games with six home runs, two doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs. Sappelt was used in manager Dale Sveum’s platoon against left-handed pitchers. In 20 games with the Cubs, Sappelt was batting .178 (8-for-45).
The Cubs would have to make a roster move to open a spot on the 40-man for Sweeney. One option may be tweaking the bullpen, and sending right-hander Kameron Loe to Iowa. On Sunday, Loe gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning against the Reds, and has a 5.40 ERA in seven games. The team could promote a pitcher from Iowa or decide Kyuji Fujikawa is ready after one rehab outing. The Japanese right-hander, on the disabled list with a strained right forearm since April 13, threw 21 pitches Sunday in one inning for Iowa and struck out two.
– Carrie Muskat