(CBS) The Cubs will give infielder Tommy La Stella a second chance on their big league roster.
After sitting out for nearly three weeks after being upset by a demotion to the minor leagues in late July, La Stella will be called up this week, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday. La Stella played two games at Double-A Tennessee, then reported to Triple-A Iowa last week and has been working his way back into a playing rhythm since.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Wounded By Accidental Friendly Fire While Confronting Suspect In Lyons, Police Say
La Stella was demoted on July 27 in a roster crunch, as the Cubs didn’t want to expose outfielder Chris Coghlan to waivers and La Stella has an option left. La Stella then returned home to New Jersey for three weeks instead of reporting to his assignment.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?
For their part, the Cubs all along publicly supported La Stella but made clear he’d have to work his way through the minor leagues to return to Chicago.
La Stella has been a key left-handed bat off the Cubs bench, hitting .295 with an .846 OPS.MORE NEWS: Pritzker Introduces Electric Vehicle Energy Storage Training Program
Rosters expand for MLB teams this Thursday.