La Stella has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Chris Coghlan was activated from the disabled list Friday and La Stella was simply the expendable piece in the Cubs lineup. The 27-year-old is batting .308 since returning from a hamstring injury July 6, but has received limited playing time in a crowded infield. A stint in the minors will provide more opportunities for La Stella it's likely he will return to the majors as the Cubs enter the home-stretch of the season, particularly when the rosters expand September 1.
La Stella (hamstring) has been activated from the 15-day DL and will start at third base Wednesday against the Reds, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. La Stella will bat fifth in the order for his first MLB start since June 7. His presence should essentially phase out Jeimer Candelario, who had been used for sporadic infield reps over the weekend. Prior to landing on the DL, La Stella had posted a .291/.378/.494 slash line over 79 at-bats.
La Stella (hamstring) is not in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds. The team had initially planned on a Sunday activation for La Stella, but that idea will have to wait for the time being. Instead, newcomer Jeimer Candelario will get the start at third base, serving as the team's reserve infielder in La Stella's place. A Tuesday activation remains a possibility, but manager Joe Maddon may just be content to roll with Candelario in the short term.
La Stella (hamstring) is expected to return from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. La Stella hasn't seen game action for the Cubs since June 7, but has participated in four rehab games at the Triple-A level, going 4-for-14 at the plate with one home run. Once he does return, La Stella should return to his old role as a backup utility player.
La Stella (hamstring) will play at least one more game in his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports. La Stella is 3-for-6 with a home run and three RBI thus far at Triple-A Iowa. His return date has yet to be set, but he's showing promise after picking up three hits and a walk across just two games. La Stella had been playing well before going on the DL, posting a line of .291/.378/.494.