With Jeff Baker on DL, Cubs turn to homegrown DJ LeMahieu
By TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 30, 2011 7:26PM
Updated: July 7, 2011 3:31PM
More than half the Cubs’ roster is now homegrown, including the latest arrival, infielder DJ LeMahieu from Class AA Tennessee. On Monday, he took the place of Jeff Baker, who was put on the disabled list after trying to pinch-hit Saturday despite a nagging groin injury.
‘‘I wanted to see Bake the other day, and I didn’t think he looked comfortable,’’ manager Mike Quade said. ‘‘I think it’s the best thing to just get him healthy.’’
LeMahieu, 22, drafted in the second round in 2009 out of LSU, is the 15th player on the roster from the Cubs’ system. He was hitting .358 with 15 doubles, two triples, two homers and 27 RBI in 50 games in Class AA. He pinch-hit in the eighth inning Monday, grounding into a double play.
“My coach first said you’re going to [Class AAA] Iowa, and I was really excited,’’ LeMahieu said. ‘‘A couple hours later . . . [minor-league director] Oneri Fleita called and said, ‘Change of plans. You’re going to Chicago.’ I said, ‘Have I been traded?’ He said, Ever hear of a Wrigley Field?’ ’’
Right-hander Matt Garza (bruised right elbow) threw on flat ground from 90 feet on Monday and could pitch off a mound Wednesday. Quade wasn’t ruling out a start Sunday in St. Louis.
† Rookie Tony Campana celebrated his 25th birthday with four stolen bases, including two in the second inning Monday, making him the first Cub to steal twice in one inning since Alfonso Soriano did it on Aug. 25, 2008. Campana also stole second in the third inning and third in the fifth. His four steals were the first for a Cub since Juan Pierre stole four on June 15, 2006.