Results tagged ‘ Jeff Stevens ’

7/30 Lineup & roster move

Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a non-displaced fracture in his left foot, and pitcher Jeff Stevens was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs are going to stick with 13 pitchers for Thursday, and were expected to add an outfielder Friday, most likely Sam Fuld. Stevens was optioned to Iowa on Wednesday to make room for Mitch Atkins. Players are required to stay in the Minors 10 days, but because of the injury to Johnson, the Cubs could recall Stevens right away. Good thing he didn’t leave town.

Jake Fox was starting at third Thursday. The lineup is:

CF Fukudome

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Fox

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Fontenot

C Hill

P Hart

– Carrie Muskat

7/29 Lineup & roster move

The Cubs needed a fresh arm for the bullpen and called up right-hander Mitch Atkins on Wednesday, sending Jeff Stevens to Triple-A Iowa. Atkins got a wake-up phone call at 5 a.m. and caught a flight out of Omaha to get to Chicago in time.

The lineup vs. lefty Mike Hampton will be:

CF Johnson

SS Theriot

1B Lee

3B Ramirez

RF Bradley

LF Soriano

2B Baker

C Hill

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

7/28 Quick trip

Justin Berg was sent back to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday before he had a chance to get into a Major League game. However, he did warm up in the bullpen Monday night and was next in line but the Cubs pulled it out in the 13th against the Astros.

“It’s a little disappointing,” Berg said about not pitching in a game, “but I understand the circumstances. I’ll go back there and pitch like I know how and hopefully get back here as soon as possible.”

Berg was optioned to Iowa to make room on the roster for Ryan Dempster, who was activated from the disabled list.

So, did Berg have good stuff in the pen?

“As I was warming up? It looked pretty good from what I could tell,” he said. “Everyhing felt good and I was really anxious to get in but it didn’t work out that way.”

Before he left, the right-hander did drop off the neon orange backpack in front of Jeff Stevens’ locker. The pitcher with the least amount of service time has to carry the backpack to the bullpen. It’s loaded with gum, candy, whatever.

“I’m sure he’ll be disappointed to see that,” Berg said.

– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Welcome to the show

Justin Berg got a phone call Friday, and was told to come into Iowa manager Bobby Dickerson’s office. It was the right-hander’s turn to join the big league team.

“I was pretty excited,” Berg said.

At Iowa, he was 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 24 relief appearances. He’s given up one home run this season, and that was in his third outing. Berg is from Antigo, Wis., and wears No. 64 because it’s the same number of a highway that goes through his hometown.

“He’s pitched well in the past four, five weeks in Triple-A and has a good sinker, a heavy ball,” Lou PIniella said. “The secret for this young man is to throw strikes. If he can get the ball over the plate, he’ll get ground balls.”

Berg was with the big league team this spring. Primarily a sinker ball pitcher, he also throws a cutter, a curve and a changeup. He knows he’ll be nervous the first time on the mound.

“[I have to] throw strikes, first and foremost,” Berg said. “Relax, take a deep breath and go out there and compete.”

Perhaps the happiest player to see Berg was pitcher Jeff Stevens, who handed off the neon orange backpack the reliever with least seniority has to carry to the bullpen.

– Carrie Muskat

3/17 Roster moves

The Cubs trimmed nine players from the spring camp roster on Tuesday. Right-handers Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Right-hander Marcos Mateo was optioned to Double-A Tennessee.

Five non-roster invitees were assigned to the Minor League camp: C Welington Castillo; IFs Darwin Barney and Luis Rivas; and OFs Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois.

The roster now is 45 players, including 22 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders, and nine outfielders.

– Carrie Muskat

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