On Thursday, August 11th, the Cubs optioned Rich Hill to AAA Iowa and recalled LHP John Koronka from AAA Iowa to go to the bullpen. According to cubs.com, Koronka is in his second stint with the Cubs, as he was also with the club June 1-15, going 1-2 in three starts. The southpaw has spent the remainder of his season at Iowa (AAA), going 7-10 with a 4.71 ERA in 19 games. He struck out 82 batters and issued just 9 homers and 37 walks in 109.0 innings of work in the
minors. Koronka was impressive in his first start against the Dodgers and won his Wrigley Field debut. I had a chance to meet Koronka in spring training this year. He was very gracious and signed autographs for everyone around.
The Cubs also announced that Glendon Rusch will be inserted back into the starting rotation and will get his first start on Monday in Houston. I think Rusch is a better starter than reliever and should do just fine in this role.
As far as Rich Hill, I still say he is one to watch. The Cubs brought this guys through the system VERY QUICKLY and let’s hope that does not affect him in the future. Look for him to make a big impact in ’06. The Youth Movement is on its way…will preview in the weeks to come.
Go BEAT THE CARDS!!!