Cotts up, Ascanio down

Cotts up, Ascanio down

Posted by Bruce on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 15:22
The Cubs today recalled lefty reliever Neal Cotts from Class AAA Iowa and sent Jose Ascanio back to that club. Cotts will give the Cubs a second lefty in the bullpen to accompany Scott Eyre, whom manager Lou Piniella doesn't seem to trust 100 percent. At Iowa, the 28-year-old Cotts was 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and 3 saves. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has been talking Cotts up the last week or so, saying how well he has been throwing the ball. The Cubs obtained Cotts from the White Sox in November 2006 for reliever David Aardsma. Cotts opened the season with the Cubs last year but was sent to Iowa May 20 after going 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA. He remained kind of a forgotten man in the Cubs' bullpen picture until pitching well early this season for Iowa. Also today, coach Ivan DeJesus has been giving bunting instruction to several Cubs, including infielder Ronny Cedeno. Piniella said he wants the Cubs to be able to bunt more effectively after they botched several bunts this week. Wind appears to be blowing in, but lightly, and it feels a bit warmer today.
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