There’s seemingly a new face every day in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse. Luis Montanez, Rodrigo Lopez, Tony Campana, and Sunday’s latest addition, Brad Snyder, have all joined the team in the past 10 days.
Usually, one bad loss -- like Saturday’s 10-0 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Pirates -- wouldn’t cause Cubs manager Mike Quade to address the team as a whole. But with all the new faces at Wrigley Field, he chose to get the guys together.
“This was dealing with technical stuff, baseball stuff and just saying, ‘Let’s just hang in there and play. let’s play better and let’s play with effort,’ ” Quade said. “This was more to make sure we’re on the same page in all the other aspects of the game than just playing.”
Snyder’s addition to the club was necessary after Reed Johnson's back problems forced him to go on the disabled list. Quade said that under normal conditions, they could have kept Johnson day-to-day. However, Johnson’s injury, combined with Jeff Baker's balky groin, shortened their bench and forced the team to make a move.
Snyder had a brief stint with the Cubs last season, appearing in 12 games in September and October. While he only hit .185 during that time, he said the experience helped him in other ways.
“Getting the jitters out and seeing what it’s all about,” Snyder said. “[I] tried to take in as much as I could and I tried to enjoy as much as I could because you never know when you’re gonna get back to this level.”
Snyder was limited in spring training and early in the minor league season due to a broken rib. But he’s bounced back nicely from the injury, hitting .342 with seven home runs and 10 doubles in Triple-A.
Catcher Geovany Soto was activated from the disabled list today as well, as he’s recovered from a groin injury.
However, Quade went with Koyie Hill as the starter behind the plate, saying he’d like Soto to get acclimated and back in the swing of things. Soto went hitless in seven at bats in his two rehab games with the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate.