The Cubs had a nine-man bullpen for a couple of days over the weekend when Mark Zagunis was sent to Triple-A Iowa.
Tim Collins was the extra guy, and now he’s heading back to Des Moines:
The #Cubs today selected the contract of INF/OF Jim Adduci from @IowaCubs. LHP Tim Collins was optioned to Triple-A following yesterday’s game. pic.twitter.com/2mBzyMVJ0Y— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) May 27, 2019
Jim Adduci, who went to high school in the Chicago area at Evergreen Park High School, is no prospect. He’s 34 and has 149 games of big-league experience with the Rangers and Tigers from 2013-18, as well as quite a few spring training games with the Cubs over several seasons (he was in the Cubs system from 2007-12). This year he’s hitting .261/.306/.478 with seven home runs in 41 games at Iowa, though he’s currently on a five-game hitting streak (8-for-20, three home runs).
Adduci is being added to the 40-man roster, where a space opened up a few days ago when recently-claimed Chandler Shepherd was lost on waivers to the Orioles. I’m not sure if he has options remaining, but the Cubs will clearly keep him around for a while to have an extra bench bat. He’s an outfielder/first baseman.
Adduci’s father, also named Jim Adduci, played in the big leagues from 1983-89 with the Brewers, Cardinals and Phillies.