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Cubs place Alfonso Soriano on DL, call up Tyler Colvin

May 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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Tyler Colvin is back with the Cubs following a two-week demotion to Triple-A because Alfonso Soriano has been placed on the disabled list with a strained quadriceps muscle.

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com the Cubs don’t actually think Soriano would be unavailable for a full 15 days, but put him on the DL anyway because they “don’t want to go too long a man short.”

Most teams take the opposite approach, playing short-handed for as long as possible if they think an injured player can ultimately avoid the DL.

Colvin earned his demotion by going 7-for-62 (.113) to begin the season and wasn’t particularly impressive at Triple-A, batting .260 with a terrible 13/2 K/BB ratio in 12 games (although he did show good power there).

  1. spudchukar - May 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Any truth to the rumor is was the 60-day DL?

  2. Dan in Katonah - May 31, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Love the photo. Looks like Little Shop of Horrors – the ivy is going to swallow Soriano whole and after some violent thrashing, spit out his hat and cleats and let out a loud burp.

  3. thebigwhitecat - May 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Another injury.

    Now that Colvin has been recalled, the Iowa Cubs have to play “right field closed”.

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - May 31, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    As bad as the Cubs’ OF has been, losing 2/3 of their opening day OF has to be a plus.

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