Pie to Be Recalled….and Another Arm?

Updated – 11:58pm C.T. – Randy Wells to the Show?

Jim Hendry was on Sports Central with Dave Kaplan on Monday night and said Felix Pie will be recalled and with the Cubs on Tuesday in St. Louis. The I-Cubs were eliminated from the PCL playoffs on Sunday.

Hendry also stated another pitcher would be called up from the minors and the announcement would be made before Tuesday’s game. Hendry did not mention the player by name. He added with Jon Lieber done for the season and Chad Gaudin’s lingering back injury they needed to add another arm.

The only healthy arms not currently with the big club and on the 40-man roster are Jose Ascanio and Carmen Pignatiello. Neither fared too well down the stretch for the Iowa Cubs….so a roster move could be on the horizon.

Carmen Pignatiello

  • August – 0-0 with a 14.40 ERA and a .444 batting average against in 8 games (5 innings)
  • September – 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a .250 batting average in 1 game (1 inning)
  • Second Half - 0-0 with a 12.46 ERA and a .381 batting average in 13 games (8 2/3 innings)

Jose Ascanio

  • August – 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA and a .354 batting average in 9 games (11 1/3 innings)
  • Second Half – 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA and a .324 batting average in 13 games (17 1/3 innings)

Adam Harben is currently on the Daytona Cubs 7-day DL and Billy Petrick status is listed as suspended.

The Cubs will make a roster move to add a pitcher from Iowa. Best candidates are Randy Wells, Mitch Atkins and Rocky Roquet. A change to the 40-man roster will be required and the Cubs could transfer Jon Lieber to the 60-day DL to make room without having to release a player from the 40-man until after the season.

Stay Tuned….Will update when more information becomes available.

Update – 11:58pm C.T.According to a report from the Belleville News-Democrat, Randy Wells will be called up from Triple-A and will be available in the Cubs bullpen on Tuesday night in St. Louis (hat tip to Harry at Cubs f/x). The report does not mention the corresponding roster move and the Cubs have not made an official announcement.

Will update when the roster move is made official….

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