Tommy La Stella cracked the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a part-time player, and opened the year with a .291/.378/.494 line in 38 games before he hit the disabled list with a hamstring strain in early June. Things took an unusual turn from there, as his eventual activation from the DL was halted by a demotion back to Triple-A prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, and the veteran infielder initially refused to report to Des Moines for the assignment. After a change of heart in mid-August, La Stella returned to the organization and put himself back in the good graces of the front office to the point of earning a September callup when rosters expanded. A patient left-handed bat with a modicum of pop, La Stella is a useful bench piece for a big league club, but it remains to be seen if he can hit enough to merit being placed on the large side of a platoon. With health, a slight increase in playing time is a possibility in 2017.
La Stella (hamstring) is in the lineup for the Cubs' Cactus League game Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. The 28-year-old infielder appears to be over the hamstring tightness that recently bugged him, and La Stella will now join the fray in the battle for a bench spot.
La Stella (hamstring) resumed baseball activity Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. La Stella was dealing with hamstring tightness and had been running under supervision since the end of last week. The 28-year-old infielder, who hit .270/.357/.405 for the Cubs last season, should be good to go. He's competing for a bench role during spring training.
La Stella is dealing with left hamstring tightness and running under supervision, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. It doesn't appear to be anything very serious at this point, but La Stella may be limited in workouts for a few days. The 28-year-old infielder hit .270/.357/.405 for the Cubs last season and is expected to compete for a bench role this coming season. Consider him day-to-day going forward.
La Stella was added to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants. La Stella was set to open Saturday's game on the bench, but he will enter the lineup with Jorge Soler (toe) being scratched. La Stella will man the hot corner and hit ninth against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
La Stella is expected to be called up Thursday when major league rosters expand, David Schuster of WSCR Chicago reports. La Stella, who last played with the Cubs on July 28, has batted .273 through just 12 games for Triple-A Iowa. He refused to join the minor league club after being demoted and was temporarily placed on the inactive list. Now the 27-year-old gets another shot in the majors, where he is hitting .295 with eight RBI this season.