Candelario was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He was sent back to Triple-A to open a roster spot for Munenori Kawasaki, who will add depth and a left-handed bat to the Cubs' outfield. Candelario couldn't quite make the adjustment to major league pitching during his brief call-up, collecting just one hit with five strikeouts in 11 at-bats.
Candelario will start at third base and bat sixth in the order Sunday against the Mets. Called up earlier Sunday to provide some depth after Chris Coghlan (ribs) landed on the DL, Candelario will immediately slot into the lineup in what will mark his MLB debut. In order to accommodate Candelario, manager Joe Maddon will move Kris Bryant to right field, but it's uncertain if the Cubs will regularly go this route. Candelario made a compelling case for a promotion by slashing .347/.467/.625 across 90 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa, but even with Coghlan out of the picture for playing time, the Cubs still have a wealth of options at every position. If Bryant ends up settling into right field more frequently, the team's top bench bat, Javier Baez, would probably be a more deserving candidate than Candelario to see action at third base.
Candelario was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM reports. Candelario was moved up in response to Chris Coghlan (ribs) being moved to the 15-day disabled list. At the Triple-A Level, he's slashed .333/.452/.600 over 75 at-bats.
Candelario went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, and six RBI for Double-A Tennessee on Tuesday. Candelario is off to a slow start - he's only slashing .217/.345/.377 in 69 at-bats for the Smokies - but Tuesday's explosion was certainly a step in the right direction. He has a respectable 14:16 BB:K this year as well. He's blocked at the major league level by Kris Bryant, but he's a decent prospect who could be part of a deal to fill whatever hole the Cubs need as the season goes along.
Candelario was optioned to Double-A Tennessee on Friday. With Willson Contreras slated to start at Triple-A Iowa, Candelario will return to Tennessee so he too can stay sharp with regular at-bats. Candelario played in 46 games at the Double-A level last season, matching his home run total from his time with High-A Myrtle Beach (five) in 161 fewer plate appearances.
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