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Hart up, Wuertz down

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Cubs made a move today, here's the official release:

The Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart from Triple-A Iowa and optioned righthander Michael Wuertz to Triple-A.

Hart is available for this afternoon’s game against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Hart joins the Cubs for his third stint in the big leagues this season, going 2-1 with a 6.62 ERA (13 ER/17.2 IP) in 12 relief appearances thus far in 2008. A member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster, Hart collected his first two big league wins, April 5 vs. Houston and April 9 at Pittsburgh, before he was optioned to Iowa May 2. He returned to the Cubs on June 3 and was sent back to Iowa on June 12.

Hart is 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA (15 ER/40.1 IP) in 10 appearances, all starts, with Iowa this season, including a 2.51 ERA (4 ER/14.1 IP) in his four starts since returning to Triple-A for his most recent stint. Overall this season with Iowa, Hart has limited hitters to a .205 batting average, including a .156 mark by right-handed batters. He has 48 strikeouts in 40.1 innings, an average of 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

Wuertz is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (15 ER/38.0 IP) in 37 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

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What are they waiting for to switch to aluminum bats ? One eyed fans ? or even worse one eyed pitchers ? Oh , I forgot , the manufacturers of wooden bats may go broke & sue beisbol for losses . But would ' nt the aluminum stocks look atractive ? Let's stop puting money first before safety .

I'm not sure there's a whole heck of a lot of difference between Wuertz and Hart overall. But, with that being said, Hart is younger and might as well see what the kid has. The Cubs Brass knows all they're going to know about Wuertz (Ken Griffey Jr. sure likes him). Plus, when Soriano gets back, Hart's probably back to Iowa anyway.

Cubs Nation is awaiting the arrival of Mr. Harden tomorrow afternoon. Let's get it on!

Why did they send down Wuertz? i think he is the most underrated pitcher on the staff.

if they were going to send someone down it should have been Marmol who has been terrible lately, maybe some time away from the big leagues would allow him to get back to the basics and fix whatever is broken

It seems like a good move on paper, yet we'll have to see what happens when Hart is given a chance to pitch in a major league game.
Go Cubs!!!! This is the year fans!!!

Seems like a good move on paper, yet we'll see how good when Hart is given a chance to pitch in a Major League game!! Let's go Cubs!!

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