Vitters a Priority to Develop and Other Cubs News and Notes

Ian Stewart’s comment to Carrie Muskat and the Des Moines Register about Josh Vitters being the “future at third base” prompted the media to ask Dale Sveum about Vitters’ future prior to Tuesday’s game. For those that missed it, Stewart discussed the conversation that he had with Theo Epstein following his demotion to Triple-A Iowa and said that Epstein told him that Josh Vitters would be getting a majority of the at bats at third base because they feel Vitters is the future at third.

According to a report from the Tribune, Dale Sveum would not say Vitters is the Cubs’ future third baseman but did say that Vitters is a priority. Sveum explained, “Who knows about him being the third baseman of the future, but he’s a priority to develop as that guy.”

Josh Vitters is only 23 years old and can hit the fastball but according to Sveum he still has “a lot of development left in him.”

Dale Sveum likes the job Luis Valbuena has done and told the Tribune “if Valbuena keeps playing the way he is, he’s our third baseman.”

Josh Vitters has a ton of ability and has shown signs of putting it together in the minors. But questions about his maturity continue to pop up, as well as questions about his defense at third base. The Sun-Times reported Vitters is off the radar as a high-expectations prospect. If the light ever goes on and stays on, Vitters could be a piece of the puzzle going forward for the Cubs, even if it is not at third base.

Theo Epstein explained the conversation he had with Ian Stewart following his demotion. Theo Epstein from the Sun-Times:

“I called Ian to give him an honest assessment of his situation so that he could make an informed decision regarding whether or not to accept his assignment to Iowa. I told him things had changed because Valbuena was playing well and was now our major-league third baseman. I told him Josh Vitters was a prospect and needed to play a lot at Triple-A. If Ian accepted the assignment, I couldn’t promise him at-bats, and we owed him that candor since it impacts his career.”

Roster Moves

The Cubs officially designated Michael Bowden for assignment on Tuesday in order to make room on the 25-man roster for Matt Garza. The Cubs claimed Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals and sent him to Triple-A Iowa.

Dale Sveum was asked why the Cubs designated Bowden and kept Shawn Camp following Tuesday’s game. Sveum said, “Camp can get righties out with his sweeping slider. He’s durable. He can pitch. That’s why.”

The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 39 players with Tuesday’s roster moves.

Cubs Bullpen

17 of the Cubs first 44 games have been decided by one-run. The Cubs are 6-11 in one run games this season … and have blown 10 saves as a team. Shawn Camp was charged with his third blown save on Tuesday night after his latest implosion.

Shawn Camp was not happy following Tuesday game and according to the Sun-Times, snapped at a reporter that asked about the problems he is having with his changeup after Camp dismissed his velocity issues.

The Cubs added a reliever to the 40-man roster on Tuesday when they claimed Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals.

Dale Sveum was asked about the bullpen issues following the latest meltdown. Sveum told ESPN Chicago, “Seven weeks into the season to have 10 blown saves and losing games that you have in the bag.”

News and Notes

Albert Almora is expected to make his debut for Kane County on Wednesday.

Patrick Mooney spoke with Ryan Dempster about the end of his Cubs’ career and why he did not want to leave the Cubs.

Patrick Mooney caught up with Matt Garza following Tuesday’s game. Garza told Mooney that it felt great getting back on the mound. Garza said, “Felt great getting back out there but it sucks the way it ended. I felt I could have kept going but I’m just following the program.”

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