Lineups Are a Changin'
Bradley dropped to sixth Monday (GETTY)
Bradley dropped to sixth Monday (GETTY)

Posted Jun 30, 2009


The Cubs made some lineup changes Monday at Pittsburgh, and more are coming.

The biggest move was dropping right fielder Milton Bradley from third to sixth in the order. Bradley entered the game batting just .232, and he is 1-for-16 on the current road trip.

Manager Lou Piniella also said the switch-hitting Bradley will get Tuesday and possibly Wednesday off to work with hitting coach Von Joshua on his left-handed swing.

First baseman Derrek Lee moved back up to the No. 3 spot in the order from the cleanup spot, where Piniella inserted Jake Fox, who got the start at third base after DH'ing Sunday against the White Sox.

Ryan Freel saw his first action in center field for the Cubs, batting seventh.

Piniella indicated that newly recalled Sam Fuld will start in center Tuesday night and that Kosuke Fukudome will move from center to right for Tuesday's game.

CUBS 3, PIRATES 1: Rich Harden won for the first time since May 12. He pitched seven innings, giving up nine hits and one run. Harden struck out nine. SS Ryan Theriot homered, and RF Milton Bradley had an RBI double. Kevin Gregg earned his 13th save.

NOTES

—3B Aramis Ramirez will take batting practice all three days in Pittsburgh, and if that goes well, the Cubs will send Ramirez on a minor-league rehab assignment. Ramirez has been out since dislocating his left shoulder May 8. The Cubs want Ramirez to get at least 20 at-bats in the minor leagues, meaning it's possible he could return to the Cubs late next week.

—RHP Carlos Zambrano's streak of five straight quality starts ended. In his previous four starts, he went at least seven innings. Zambrano said he did not feel as sharp Sunday as he had in recent outings.

—INF Aaron Miles was put on the 15-day disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow and the Cubs recalled OF Sam Fuld from Class AAA Iowa (Des Moines). The DL move is retroactive to June 21. Fuld played in 14 games for the Cubs in 2007. This is Miles' second stint on the DL this year. The Cubs had contemplated bringing IF Bobby Scales back from Iowa, but they felt they had enough infield depth. Fuld pinch ran and played center late in Monday's game.

—Fuld was recalled from Class AAA Iowa (Des Moines). Fuld played in 14 games for the Cubs in 2007. Fuld pinch ran and played center late in Monday's game.

—Fox played third base and batted cleanup after serving as the DH Sunday against the White Sox. After going 0-for-8 in his last two games, Fox singled twice and scored a run.

—SS Ryan Theriot hit a one-out solo homer in the third inning. It was Theriot's seventh homer of the season, by far his career best, but his first since June 7.

—RHP Angel Guzman might be able to begin a minor-league rehab assignment as early as Thursday. Guzman has been on the disabled list since June 21 with a right-triceps strain. Before the injury, Guzman had taken over as a key seventh- and eighth-inning reliever. --The Sports XChange

MINOR LEAGUES

ROUND ROCK 3, IOWA 2 (CLASS AAA)

At Round Rock, Texas, the Cubs (40-37) out-hit the Express, 8-6, in the loss Monday. 3B Nate Spears (3-for-4, RBI) paced the offense with three hits and RF So Taguchi (2-for-5) added two hits. RHP Esmailin Caridad (3-9) started and suffered his ninth loss, most in the Cubs’ system. He allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

TENNESSEE 7, HUNTSVILLE 2 (CLASS AA)

At Sevierville, the Smokies (36-42 overall, 4-4 second half) collected 13 hits in the victory Monday. Tennessee had six players finish with two hits. LF Ty Wright (2-for-4) drove in three runs and CF Jim Adduci (2-for-3) drove in two runs. 3B Marquez Smith (2-for-5) hit his team-leading 18th double. RHP Casey Coleman (8-3) started and picked up his eighth win, most in the Cubs’ system. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings for his sixth quality start in his last seven games. He struck out six and walked two.

DAYTONA 3, JUPITER 1 (CLASS HIGH-A)

At Daytona Beach, the Cubs (38-34, 4-1) collected 11 hits in the victory Monday. RF Brandon Guyer (3-for-4, RBI) continued his hot hitting since joining the team from Tennessee, pacing the offense with three hits. He has hit safely in seven straight games and 13 of 16 games overall for a .410 average. RHP Dan McDaniel (4-5) started and picked up his first win since May 7, scattering no earned runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked one.

BOISE 3, YAKIMA 2 – 10 INNINGS (CLASS LOW-A, SS)

At Boise, an RBI single in extra innings from 1B Greg Rohan (3-for-5, double) gave the Hawks (3-7) the victory Monday. Boise collected eight hits and used five pitchers in the victory. LHP Ryan Sontag (1-0) picked up the win in relief with a scoreless 10th inning. RHP Tarlandas Mitchell started and threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He struck out six and walked one.

BREWERS 7, CUBS 1 (ARIZONA ROOKIE LEAGUE)

At Phoenix, the Cubs (3-5) were held to five hits in the loss Monday. LF Francisco Guzman (2-for-3) paced the offense with two hits. Glenn Cook (1-for-1), the Cubs’ 46th round pick in the 2009 draft and a former linebacker at the University of Miami, collected his first career hit. LHP John Mincone started and received a no-decision, tossing three scoreless innings and allowing two hits. He struck out four and did not allow a walk. RHP Rogelio Carmona (0-2) suffered the loss in relief, allowing two runs and three hits in two innings.

--Staff Reports


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