Cubs add September Callups, Activate Silva


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The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Carlos Silva from the 15-day disabled list and added five players to the major league roster from Triple-A Iowa. That is if you can use the word “active” or any variation of the word “active” related to the corpulent Silva.

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Justin Berg and Jeff Samardzija (remember him the Notre Dame wide receiver? “Wake up the echoes”) and outfielder Sam Fuld.  Chicago also selected the contracts of infielder Bobby Scales and outfielder Brad Snyder from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Scales and Snyder on the 40-man roster, pitchers John Grabow and Esmailin Caridad were transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Silva will make the start tonight for the Cubs at Wrigley Field vs. the Houston Astros, his first since August 1 in Colorado .  He was placed on the disabled list the next day in order to undergo cardiac evaluation.  Silva is 10-5 with a 3.92 ERA (47 ER/108.0 IP) in 20 starts for the Cubs this year.  Berg (number 64), Samardzija (29), Fuld (5), Scales (19) and Snyder (56) are all available for tonight’s contest.  Snyder joins the Cubs for his big league debut.

Berg, 26, joins the Cubs for his third stint in the big leagues this season.  He is 0-1 with a 5.77 ERA (22 ER/34.1 IP) in 35 relief outings with the Cubs this year, limiting left-handed batters to a .227 mark (10-for-44) while righthanders are batting .301 (28-for-93).  Overall this season, 11 of Berg’s 22 earned runs allowed have come in two outings (11 ER/2.1 IP).  Otherwise, Berg has posted a 3.09 ERA (11 ER/32.0 IP) in his remaining 33 big league appearances.  With Iowa this year, Berg went 4-1 with a 3.64 ERA (12 ER/29.2 IP) in 21 relief outings.

Samardzija, 25, joins the Cubs for his second stint this year.  A member of Chicago ’s Opening Day roster, he went 0-1 with an 18.90 ERA (7 ER/3.1 IP) in four relief appearances and was optioned to Triple-A on April 24.  With Iowa , Samardzija went 11-3 with a 4.37 ERA (54 ER/111.1 IP) in 35 outings (15 starts).  Samardzija limited Triple-A batters to a .212 batting average this season, including a .186 mark by left-handed hitters and a .231 mark by right-handed hitters.

Fuld, 28, spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Iowa, batting .272 (100-for-368) with 15 doubles, nine triples, four home runs, 21 stolen bases and 69 runs scored in 112 games.  He struck out only 37 times compared to 66 walks to contribute to a .383 on-base percentage, 111 points higher than his batting average.  Fuld had a brief stint with the Cubs from August 18-22, seeing action in three games and going 0-for-2.

Scales, 32, joins the Cubs for the first time this season.  He made his major league debut with the club last year in his 11th professional campaign, batting .242 (30-for-124) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 RBI in 51 games with the Cubs.  With Iowa this season, Scales batted .268 (100-for-373) with 33 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 119 games.  Scales drew 72 walks to contribute to a .397 on-base percentage, 129 points higher than his batting average.  He tied for eighth in the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage.

Snyder is active on a major league roster for the first time in his eight-year professional career.  He finished his Triple-A campaign with 106 RBI and 271 total bases, both second in the Pacific Coast League, to go with a .308 batting average (147-for-477), 37 doubles, 25 home runs, a .381 on-base percentage and a .568 slugging percentage in 132 games.  Snyder’s .949 OPS ranked fifth in the league and his 97 runs scored tied for second.

The 28-year-old Snyder was claimed off waivers by the Cubs on September 22, 2008 from Cleveland, where he was originally selected in the first round of the 2003 Draft (18th overall).  Snyder batted .278 (66-for-237) with 16 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 69 games with Iowa last season and was a non-roster invitee to major league spring training with the Cubs this year.

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