The Cubs have recalled P Casey Coleman from Iowa
After last night’s 13-inning loss to the Brewers, during which the Cubs used their entire bullpen, it made sense that the team would recall one of the starters in Iowa instead of a short reliever. The most pressing concern was for someone who could pitch multiple innings if necessary during today’s game, and indeed Coleman was the only reliever used today. He pitched two innings and gave up two runs in the Cubs’ 8-2 loss.
The bottom line is that this looks to be more of a need-based move than a talent-based move. Of the other potential candidates, Randy Wells started Thursday and Travis Wood started last night, meaning that neither one was available to pitch in the game today. I suspect that Coleman may not be with the team during Marmol’s entire DL stint, since it makes more sense to bring Scott Maine or perhaps Jeff Beliveau up to pitch in the late innings than it does to have Coleman around as a long reliever.