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The Cubs Enter The Lake Era

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He's not the first Cub ever with that surname, either.

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Many of you have wanted to see the man some here nicknamed "Senior Pond", Junior Lake, get his chance in a major-league Cubs uniform. Carrie Muskat says you're likely going to get that chance soon:

The Cubs were expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, expected to go on the disabled list after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first half finale.

Bogusevic, 29, was batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring July 4, and did not go on the disabled list at that time, but did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball, and came out of the game.

Lake was injured to start the season; this is his first year at Triple-A Iowa. In 40 games (156 at-bats) he's hitting .295/.341/.462 with 14 stolen bases in 19 attempts. He's played the outfield and third base this year, but has played shortstop and second base in the past, not very well, either. At the big-league level he probably projects as an outfielder.

Carrie says you'd better look quickly if you want to see Lake:

Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.

The Cubs' other Lake was Steve Lake, who was the backup catcher on the 1984 Cubs N.L. East championship team. On that team was Steve Trout, a perfect pitcher for a catcher named Lake.

If only we could get the current big-league Trout (Mike) to go along with this Lake.