According to reports from the Chicago Tribune and on Cubs.com, Micah Hoffpauir will be recalled this weekend when the Cubs begin Interleague play in Toronto. Piniella said before Tuesday night’s game that the Cubs will use Hoffpauir at 1st base and in left field “to give Derrek Lee and Alfonso Soriano opportunities to rest.” Piniella plans on using both Lee and Soriano as designated hitters in the American League parks.
Piniella also stated Mark DeRosa will spell Aramis Ramirez at 3rd base during the Interleague games and Ramirez will receive time as the team’s DH as well. Daryle Ward will not be ready to return from the DL in time for Interleague play. Ward participated in batting practice on Tuesday and “will report to the Cubs’ complex in Mesa on Wednesday.” Ward will go on a minor league rehab stint at Iowa when he is ready before returning to the Cubs.
The report in the Tribune indicated Ward has lost “a considerable amount of weight since going on the DL last month.”
Hopefully Carlos Zambrano will not mind missing a few at bats.