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Left-handed pitcher John Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez were called up from Triple-A Iowa and added to the Cubs’ roster on Tuesday.
Gaub was acquired from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa deal on Dec. 31, 2008, and his first appearance will mark his Major League debut. LeMahieu, a second-round pick in 2009, and Montanez, who was the Cubs’ first-round selection in 2000, were both called up during the season. LeMahieu batted .243 in 23 games while Montanez hit .239 in 25 games from May 24-July 2.
At Iowa, Gaub, 26, posted a 3.42 ERA in 50 games, and was 7-for-11 in save opportunities. He struck out 75 over 55 1/3 innings, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, and limited opponents to a .209 batting average. In five Minor League seasons, Gaub is 12-12 with 17 saves and a 3.60 ERA.
LeMahieu, 23, a right-handed batter, began the 2011 season with Double-A Tennessee and hit .358 with 15 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 32 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 50 games. He was promoted to Chicago on May 30, then optioned to Triple-A Iowa on June 28 and hit .286 with seven doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs in 58 games. Combined, LeMahieu batted .319 in the Minors this season with 22 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 50 RBIs in 108 games.
Montanez, 29, batted .321 in 92 games with Iowa, hitting 22 doubles, seven triples and seven homers while driving in 69 runs. He hit .400 against lefties, .285 against right-handers.
Montañez spent seven seasons in the Cubs’ Minor League system before joining the Orioles before the 2007 season. He made his big league debut with Baltimore in 2008 and spent part of three seasons in the big leagues with the Orioles (2008-10) before signing with the Cubs as a Minor League free agent with an invite to Spring Training in January.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs are expected to add more players from Triple-A Iowa now that the team’s season ended on Monday. According to the Des Moines Register, pitcher John Gaub, infielder DJ LeMahieu and outfielder Lou Montanez will be added to the big league roster. Gaub was acquired from the Indians in the Mark DeRosa deal on Dec. 31, 2008, and has never pitched in the big leagues. LeMahieu, a second-round pick in 2009, and Montanez, who was the Cubs’ first-round selection in 2000, were both called up during the season. LeMahieu batted .243 in 23 games while Montanez hit .239 in 25 games. Expect official word on Tuesday.
– Carrie Muskat
Marlon Byrd slid home, stole a base, broke up a double play and was hit by a pitch twice during his four-game Minor League rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa.
“I’m ready,” Byrd said.
The center fielder was back in the Cubs’ lineup on Saturday, activated from the disabled list six weeks since he was hit by pitch in the face by Boston’s Alfredo Aceves. He will wear a protective guard on his batting helmet that extends around the left side of his face as a precaution.
“It’s comfortable and doesn’t get in the way, so I’ll wear it,” he said.
Byrd suffered multiple facial fractures when he was hit in the face by Aceves’ pitch at Fenway Park. He still has a small dark purple bruise under his left eye. In four rehab games at Triple-A Iowa, Byrd was 4-for-15 with a double, a home run and three RBIs, including a 1-for-4 game on Friday. He also was hit by a pitch twice, getting plunked in the back and the hamstring.
That’s different than being hit in the face but Byrd said he had no lingering fears during his at-bats at Iowa.
“I took one [in the face] as a 9-year-old and that can’t compare to what happened so I’m not a very good expert to talk about it,” Cubs manager Mike Quade said. “The one thing I do know is when you talk about the character and toughness he’s got, he’ll be fine.
“All indications are that he came out of Iowa swinging the bat really well,” Quade said. “It’s part of the game and something I have no doubt Marlon has overcome.”
– Carrie Muskat