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Cubs moves: Jeimer Candelario up, Dylan Floro down, Willson Contreras leading off

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The lineup choice is interesting.

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In the flurry of roster moves last Thursday, the Cubs recalled Dylan Floro to be a ninth reliever, as the bullpen had been a bit overworked in recent days. He didn’t get into any of the games over the weekend, and the Cubs played with a short bench.

That won’t happen starting today.

Jeimer Candelario has had two brief stints with the Cubs, one last year and one earlier this year. He hasn’t done well in either of them and overall is 4-for-32 in the major leagues with 11 strikeouts.

He’s hitting pretty well in Triple-A, though: .274/.366/.520 with 22 doubles and nine home runs in 223 at-bats. At 23 he could likely start for some big-league teams at third base, but he’s obviously blocked with the Cubs. He’s likely only up until Jason Heyward can return from the disabled list.

Candelario is in the starting lineup Monday against the Nationals. The other interesting news about the lineup Monday is having Willson Contreras lead off.

Will it work? Maybe. The Cubs are facing lefthander Gio Gonzalez, so it looks like Joe just wanted to shake things up.

Dylan Floro is the classic Quadruple-A guy. Not quite good enough to make a big-league bullpen fulltime, but a useful spare part when you need him. Here’s his transaction history since the Cubs claimed him from the Rays:

January 17: claimed on waivers
February 1: designated for assignment
February 3: sent outright to Iowa, with a NRI to spring training
May 8: added back to 40-man roster, recalled from Iowa
May 10: optioned to Iowa
May 21: recalled from Iowa
May 22: optioned to Iowa
June 5: recalled from Iowa
June 6: optioned to Iowa
June 22: recalled from Iowa
June 26: optioned to Iowa

You could probably forgive Dylan if he’s not sure which direction Des Moines is from wherever he happens to be.

Floro pitched in one game on his first callup, May 9 in Colorado, and threw 4⅓ credible innings. He pitched in one game on his second callup, May 21 vs. the Brewers at Wrigley Field, and got clobbered, allowing seven hits and five runs in two innings. Fortunately, the Cubs were ahead 13-1 at the time.

He didn’t appear in a game on either of the two most recent callups.

I’m sure he’ll be back at some point later this season.