From the Wire … Cubs to Call-up Chris Carpenter

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs will call-up Chris Carpenter from Double-A Tennessee prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. The Cubs are looking for help in the bullpen after placing Kerry Wood on the 15-day DL on Monday.

Updated 2:53pm CDTCubs Optioned Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa to make room on active roster for Chris Carpenter

The addition of Chris Carpenter would take the last open spot on the Cubs 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39.

The Cubs will likely send down a pitcher to make room on the active roster for Chris Carpenter.

Chris Carpenter began the year at Triple-A Iowa and posted a 2-1 record with a 6.41 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP in 13 games (one save) before being sent down to Double-A Tennessee. With the Smokies, Carpenter is 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP in 10 games (one save). Carpenter has been pitching a lot better of late with the Smokies.

The Cubs selected the 25-year old right-hander in the third round of the 2008 draft.

Chris Carpenter’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Stay tuned …

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  • the rifleman

    hope Chris can throw strikes, thats largely been his biggest issue. Stuff is not a problem, FB clocks consistenly in mid 90s.

  • paulcatanese

    Must be good to be called up so soon. Mid 90s, that ought to keep hitters loose.

  • endy

    Is jeff belveau not a ml prospect?

  • Neil

    Carrie Muskat just confirmed the report, no word on the corresponding roster move yet

  • Neil

    Cubs Optioned Casey Coleman to Triple-A Iowa to make room on active roster for Chris Carpenter

    • John_CC

      They sure are burning up Coleman’s options.  Neil, Tom et al, what are the Cubs plan for Coleman?  Are they giving up on him?  I know he was super successful this year but I would have much rather seen the Cubs just turn Davis loose and give Coleman some more starts. I think he could still could be a #5 pitcher.

      • Neil

         John … Minor league options are based on years, not how many times per year a team sends a player up or down.

        From what I’ve heard/read, the Cubs envision Coleman as a starter and sent him back to start at Iowa. Coleman was scheduled to start Saturday’s game for Iowa so that move had more to do with having a fresh arm than anything.

        They want him to work out his control issues in Iowa not at the big league level, again from what I’ve heard/read.

    • studio179

      Calling up Coleman the other day was a useless and wasted move by the organization. Placing him in the pen was a double useless and wasted move.

      • studio179

        I do not understand the moves when they keep placing players in roles they are less likely to succeed. Plus, burn options.

        • Neil

          See my response to John above, not burning an option on Coleman

          • studio179

            I should clarify. Sometimes in an effort to keep posts short, they do not read my intent. I was already clear on the options part. What I meant is the burning of options in the pen…other arms. I do no understand why the Cubs are placing so many people out of position. If Coleman makes it as a pitcher in the bigs…a big IF, it is as a starter, not a pen guy.

            However, I understand your explanation of having a fresh arm. I still do not agree with Coleman in the pen, but I now understand what you are saying. 

  • Corn Cob Dress

    Carpenter’s ERA in minors kinda scary………..

    • Ripsnorter1

      Just wait until you see his ERA in the Majors! He’ll pitch vs. the Brewers and Yanks this week, and that’ll be a good test for him.

  • Ripsnorter1


    Not that Coleman would be sent down, but that Carpenter would be called up. His stats are not stellar . . . . .

  • Tom U

    My best guess is that the organization is trying to place as many of their prospects as they can on the 40-man roster before the rookie league starts on Monday and Boise next Wednesday. 

    With two players needing to go before Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson can be activated, possible names to be dumped include Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, John Gaub, Scott Maine, Marcos Mateo, and Fernando Perez.

    • Tom U

      Correction, Boise opens on Friday, their home opener is next Wednesday.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Dump Fernando Perez and John Gaub and forgetaboutit.