--C Geovany Soto returned to the Cubs Sunday after a two-game rehab stint with Class AA (Kodak) Tennessee. Soto had been on the DL since May 11 with a strained left groin. To make room, the Cubs sent C Welington Castillo to Class AAA (Des Moines) Iowa to get playing time. The Cubs could have given Castillo more playing time in Chicago, but they chose to go with veteran backup Koyie Hill most of the time.
--OF Reed Johnson went on the DL with lower-back spasms. That's been a chronic problem for Johnson throughout his career. "We could keep Reed doing what we're doing, day to today, but it just got tough," said manager Mike Quade. "I think we're better off doing this and giving him a full week or whatever it takes to get him back and being productive off the bench for us."
--OF Brad Snyder came up from Class AAA Iowa to take Reed Johnson's spot. Snyder, 29, made his major league debut last season with the Cubs, getting into 12 games at the end of the year and going 5-for-27. "Pretty much getting the jitters out, seeing what it's all about," Snyder said of his experience last year. At Iowa, he batted .342 with seven homers. To make room for Snyder on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred RHP Andrew Cashner from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. Cashner has been on the DL since early April with a strained right rotator cuff.
--3B Aramis Ramirez hit his second homer of the season and his first since April 6. Ramirez is hitting .281, but his customary power has not been there. He's been hobbled with a slight hamstring injury but said he didn't want to use that as an excuse. "I've been through it before," he said. "It's part of baseball. You're going to struggle. I was getting hits, but I wasn't getting extra-base hits. And that's what I get paid for, to drive in runs. I haven't done that so far. It's time to start."
--RHP Ryan Dempster improved to 4-4 and lowered his ERA from 6.29 to 6.00. He's now 3-1 in May, and all five of his quality starts have come this month. "It was a good month for me," he said.
BY THE NUMBERS
52 -- Average game-time temperature at Wrigley Field for Cubs games this year entering the week. The first-pitch temperature was below 50 degrees 16 times.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I'll wear a bathing suit." -- Manager Mike Quade, on predicted 90-degree temperatures for Monday.
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