CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pittsburgh Pirates for right-handed pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and Single-A Daytona infielder Josh Harrison.
NEW ORLEANS – There might be more than one reason why so many pitchers have been recalled by Chicago from Class AAA Iowa this season. The I-Cubs' bullpen has been one of the strongest in the Pacific Coast League in 2009, and they showed why Monday.
June was not kind to the Cubs. After entering the month with a 25-24 record, the Cubs went 11-14 in June, including Tuesday's 3-0 loss at Pittsburgh.
PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Jeff Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Jose Ascanio has been optioned to Iowa.
Manager Lou Piniella said changes may be on the way after the Cubs fell 4-1 to the White Sox on Wednesday at Wrigley Field.
Reporters probably should have some new questions to ask manager Lou Piniella when the Cubs return home from a long trip Friday.
Although he acknowledged the importance of pitching and defense to winning, manager Lou Piniella noted that the winning teams this year were scoring runs.
When Derrek Lee hit a two-run single Sunday against the Reds, it broke an 0-for-21 skid for the Cubs with runners in scoring position.