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

11 Comments

Sounds like the 40 man roster spot will come from a Loe DFA. Not sure why we signed him with so many bullpen guys already in AAA (Coleman, Dolis, Parker)

Glad to see Sweeney coming up. Now, there is that “Marmol problem”……..

In a logical world and if the Cubs front office had some stones Marmol would be either sent down (if options remain of course) or released in order to free up a spot for Sweeney. Regardless of who gets canned it will be interesting to see if Sveum has the nerve to start Sweeney over ANY of the current everyday outfielders let alone the one that is contributing the least, Soriano. Sweeney at the very least MUST get more playing time than the almost useless Sappelt. This roster addition is just another non-factor however as this team is going nowhere this season and all the roster (in-house) juggling in the world will not drastically improve this offense. Sweeney makes sense but is not THE answer. Good to have him available on the big league team, now let’s see what Dale “Brainiac” Sveum does with him.

now seriously did any of you expect to compete this year??? Come on this can’t be surprising to you?

What is the status of Junior Lake and Albert Almora. Do not see a record of them playing anywhere.

i am sorry to say just anothert hopeless season. dale is terrible as a manager and theo is just taking the money neither one or the owner have any guts where is a dalla green type guy or a tony larosa can say one thing for st louis they win and we do not

but is dale a terrible manager??? Do you think he has the talent needed to produce a winner? I sure don’t

Joey is correct on Marmol, he should be released! petrey10 is correct, I do not expect the Cubs to win this year.
Then you look above and see what losing brings to the chat? Dale is a terrible manager because he has a terrible bullpen. The bullpen has lost 9 games out of 30.
Yes that makes sense.

Sappelt deserved the demotion. I favored him because of his connection to Coastal Carolina U., but he flat did not hit.

RE: Lake and Almora, both were injured in Spring Training and have been rehabbing in Mesa at extended Spring Training. They should be assigned to Minor League teams soon

You mean the Cubs? (I couldn’t help it….)

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