Cubs call up Maine, send down Berg

Cubs call up Maine, send down Berg

WASHINGTON -- The Cubs selected the contract of left-hander Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and optioned pitcher Justin Berg back down.

This will be Maine's first time in the Major Leagues, and he did well this season as a reliever, posting a 4-2 record and a 3.14 ERA with two teams. Maine found out that he was coming to the Cubs on Monday and made it to Washington about two hours before batting practice for Tuesday's game with the Nationals

"When I was told yesterday, I was happy, but I've heard horror stories in the past where guys have been in the airport and sent back," he said. "So I wasn't going to get my hopes up until I actually got here. Now that I'm here, I'm extremely happy, and I just look forward to getting on the field and performing."

Cubs interim manager Mike Quade said this move will give him different options during a game.

"No manager will argue with having three left-handers in the bullpen very often," Quade said. "If we're going to mix and match, you can start left-righting people pretty early, if you want."

Berg will go back to Triple-A Iowa. He had an 0-1 record with a 5.77 ERA. He gave up five runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Braves on Aug. 22 in his last appearance.