The Cubs won’t put out a release on it until later, but people in Cincinnati confirm that Tony Campana will be coming up from Class AAA Iowa to replace Tyler Colvin on the roster. Colvin was optioned to Class AAA Iowa after last night’s 7-4 loss to the Reds, a game that had manager Mike Quade addressing his team afterward and using some colorful language to express his feelings. Quade doesn't want to see this thing spiral out of control before the ivy is in full bloom at Wrigley. If it does, we're all in for a long summer.
Now, the question becomes, Will Campana play or will he sit on the bench next to Welington Castillo? I know many fans are tired of watching indifferent and ineffective play from some veterans, so an infusion of fresh blood might be fun to watch.
Campana is a 5-foot-8, 165-pound left-handed batter who was taken in the 13th round of the 2008 draft. He is from Springboro, Ohio. The Cubs media guide says he attended UNC Asheville and graduated from the University of Cincinnati. He’ll be 25 on May 30. I’m told he grew up about 35 miles from Cincinnati, so making his debut there should be a special thrill for the kid.
At Iowa, Campana had a hitting line of .342/.383/.442 on 41-for-120 batting. He had 8 doubles, 2 triples, 9 RBI, 6 walks, 23 strikeouts, 8 stolen bases and 1 caught-stealing.
To me, you rotate him in the outfield and give Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd each at least one day off a week. If the kid is not going to play, you might as well have brought up Lou Montanez.
Yes, Colvin struggled, but I don’t necessarily agree with GM Jim Hendry’s comments that it wasn’t a matter of at-bats. Colvin had a line of .113/.191/.258. He had 62 at-bats, which put him behind only Blake DeWitt and Koyie Hill. For a young player, that’s not enough. Yes, there are holes in Colvin’s offensive game. He doesn’t walk nearly enough: He had 30 walks and 100 strikeouts last year even as he hit 20 homers. Let’s hope for his own sake he finds a rhythm at Iowa.
We’ll try to come back more with later.