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Cubs reacquire catcher Koyie Hill from Reds

May 19, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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Ryan Dempster will have a familiar face behind the plate for his start tonight against the White Sox.

Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Reds for cash considerations. He’s expected to join the club immediately.

The Cubs have a sudden need for catching depth now that Geovany Soto is expected to miss three to four weeks following left knee surgery and Welington Castillo is out for four to seven days due to a mild MCL sprain in his right knee. Blake Lalli is the only other catcher on the roster right now and he just made his major league debut yesterday.

Hill was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting .194/.268/.276 over 153 plate appearances last season. The 33-year-old backstop signed a minor league deal with the Cardinals in January, but was released at the end of spring training. He latched on with the Reds late last month and had a .195/250/.341 over 44 plate appearances with Double-A Pensacola.

  1. larryboodry - May 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Say it ain’t so!

  2. jwbiii - May 19, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    So ends the MLB career of Blake Lalli. One more PA than Moonlight Graham.

    • jwbiii - May 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

      I didn’t see that Welington Castillo is day-to-day with a strained knee. Lalli gets a week or so.

  3. staviesteelo - May 19, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    World series.

    • proudlycanadian - May 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      Not in your lifetime!

  4. hoopmatch - May 19, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Koyie Hill probably thought his big league days were over and danced his way to Chicago when he got the news.

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