Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Tuesday's lineup posted, nothing special

Okay, so before the game on Tuesday, Neal Cotts was sent to Iowa (AAA) to make room on the roster for Sean Marshall. After posting a 1.76 ERA through his first 14 appearances, two bad appearances shot Cotts' ERA to 4.86 for the season and now Sean Marshall is with the big club.

With Angel Guzman returning to the bullpen, it's possible that Marshall could be expected to start as soon as Thursday, but if Marshall would be inserted into the rotation, why call him up now? It's possible Marshall will be an emergency option in the bullpen and will start on Thursday if he's not needed until then.

Tuesday night's lineup doesn't see anything special. Alfonso Soriano returned to the lead-off spot and while I know he's better suited as the team's fourth or fifth place hitter, Soriano was brought to the Cubs with the promise that he would lead off. Ryan Theriot hits second, followed by Lee, Ramirez, Floyd and Barrett. Jones is the seventh hitter in center, Izturis is at short, followed by Hill.

Lou promised some extraordinary changes and I know that at one point he'd contemplated moving Dempster into the rotation. However, it looks like as of this point, nothing special will take place...yet.

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