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Cubs calling up Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A

May 6, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ryan Sweeney, who’s been playing at Triple-A since signing a minor-league deal with the Cubs this offseason, is on his way back to the majors.

Carrie Muskat of reports that the Cubs are expected to call up Sweeney and demote Dave Sappelt to Triple-A. Sweeney hit .337 with six homers and a 1.022 OPS in 23 games at Triple-A, but is a career .280 hitter with a .715 OPS in 535 games as a big leaguer.

He can get on base and play all three outfield spots, and the Cubs figure to give Sweeney most of his action against right-handed pitching. Sweeney spent last season in Boston and the Red Sox acquired him shortly after now-Cubs president Theo Epstein stepped down as their general manager.

  1. proudlycanadian - May 6, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    He seems to be an improvement over Dave Sappelt; however, the guy other NL teams would really fear is Sweeney Todd rather than Ryan Sweeney.

  2. APBA Guy - May 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Another A’s alumnus getting back to the Show. I’ll wait to see how his knees are before making any comments about his performance. When the A’s had him he moved really well and played a very good outfield. He never showed a lot of power. Then the knees started to go, and along with it his game eroded. We’ll see if he’s rebuilt himself. Good luck to him.

    • whitesoxrules - May 6, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      Like any Cubs fans, its really funny that you guys give credit to A’s but not White Sox. White Sox drafted Ryan Sweeney.

  3. scoocha - May 6, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    He should destroy AAAA/NL pitching.

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