According to reports from Iowa and the Daily Herald’s Bruce Miles, the Cubs have called up Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa. Dave Sappelt posted on his Twitter account that he has been sent down to Iowa.
The Cubs have not announced either roster move or the corresponding roster to open a spot on the 40-man roster to add Ryan Sweeney. The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players.
Ryan Sweeney’s comments to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register confirm he is on his way to Chicago.
The first indication that Ryan Sweeney was on his way up to the Cubs came on Sunday afternoon. Sweeney was pinch run for in the sixth inning of the second game of a doubleheader.
In 22 games for Iowa, Sweeney has hit .346/.398/.642 with a 1.040 OPS that includes two doubles, two triples, six home runs. The 28-year old left handed hitting outfielder played in 63 games for Boston a year ago and posted a .260/.303/.373 line with 19 doubles and two triples.
Dave Sappelt has struggled this season with the Cubs. In 19 games, Sappelt has hit .182/.234/.227/.461 and against lefties just .222/.243/.278/.521.
The addition of Ryan Sweeney would give the Cubs a very left handed lineup with Alfonso Soriano and Scott Hairston being the only right handed hitting outfielders.