After bizarre month, infielder Tommy La Stella rejoins the Cubs on Wednesday
CHICAGO – What is usually a very routine procedure to major league ballplayers turned into an unexpected journey for a Cubs infielder and his team.
A demotion to Triple-A Iowa in late July for Tommy La Stella would end up taking him on detours to New Jersey, Tennessee, then eventually Des Moines. During that stretch he contemplated retirement if he wasn’t promoted to the big leagues sooner than later.
Meanwhile the Cubs waited patiently as La Stella eventually accepted his assignment, hoping the third-year player’s head would clear in time to join the big league club before the end of the 2016 season.
On Wednesday the journey that lasted one month and two days ended as the Cubs called up La Stella from Iowa and put him into the starting lineup for their game against the Pirates on Wednesday night. He will play second base and bat seventh as the Cubs go for the sweep against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Its the first game for La Stella since July 28th against the White Sox at home. The following day he was demoted to Triple-A Iowa to make rooms for Chris Coghlan and then the drama ensued. La Stella didn’t report to the farm team and instead opted to train at home in New Jersey as he contemplated his baseball future.
That continued till August 17th when he accepted an assignment with the Cubs’ Double-A team in Tennessee. On August 22nd he went to Iowa where he played in six games before getting called up to the big leagues again on Wednesday.
In 51 games for the Cubs this season La Stella is hitting .295 with two home runs and 8 RBIs.