5/22 Camp to DL – UPDATED

Shawn Camp apparently has been bothered by his right toe for about a month but didn’t tell the Cubs until Sunday. On Wednesday, the Cubs placed Camp on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right big toe, and recalled right-hander Rafael Dolis. Camp received treatment on Sunday, and the team hoped Monday’s off day would give him time to heal. On Tuesday, he served up a grand slam to pinch-hitter Travis Snider in the Pirates’ 5-4 win over the Cubs.

“I guess it’s been bothering him for about a month,” Dale Sveum said Wednesday. “He had treatment on Sunday to start the process and re-aggravated it and the inflammation got too bad. I think for awhile, it’s been too tough to push off the mound. We’ve got to give it time to settle down.”

Camp has a 7.56 ERA overall, and in six appearances this month has given up six runs on 10 hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. The Cubs recalled right-hander Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa to take Camp’s spot in the bullpen.

On Sunday, the Cubs designated Michael Bowden for assignment. If they had known Camp’s injury was this serious at that time, they would’ve kept Bowden.

“We didn’t know it was that extensive,” Sveum said of Camp’s injury. “We talked [to him] and the arm was fine. … These guys are competitive, professional athletes who don’t like to use excuses, but sometimes it comes back to bite you, too.”

– Carrie Muskat

6 Comments

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How convenient, now they won’t have to insult Camp by saying he is bad…. funny, I don’t remember the grand slam bouncing off his toe. Camp had a great year last year but I don’t think anybody is SURPRISED that he may be what he is…..done?

Not an expert on Options and what ramifications the team has when sending someone down to AAA to figure it out. I think the Cubs are playing fast and loose with the DL on this issue. He’s been horrible this year, and 2 weeks on the side working out his issues with a coach will either help or it’ll give him his unconditional release – wonder which will come first. I think the Cubs would love to see him get better, then trade him to a contender for minor leaguers.

Can someone explain why this guys is still in the majors, yet alone AAA. I’m tired of seeing his waist-high 80 MPH fastball or his pathetic hang-over-the-plate slider. He has had nothing this year and should have been launched weeks ago. Come on Dale and Jed, get this one cleaned up.

I agree with most of the observations you boys made here. I too do not buy Camp`s sudden need to go on DL. This scenario occurs time and again when a hurler has a meltdown

On a different note – shouldn’t Dolis have run out of options a long time ago?

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