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Prospect Colvin to join Cubs in Milwaukee

Colvin to join Cubs in Milwaukee

ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Colvin's season got an extension.

Colvin, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will join the team in Milwaukee on Monday.

The team decided to call up the outfielder after general manager Jim Hendry suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the season. The Cubs have been playing short-handed in the outfield because of injuries to Alfonso Soriano, Reed Johnson and Sam Fuld.

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"We'll get another outfielder and we'll get a look at our future," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We'll put him in the outfield and let him play."

Colvin batted .300 with 14 homers, 12 doubles, seven triples and 50 RBIs in 84 games this season for Double-A Tennessee, which reached the Southern League championship. The Smokies' season ended Saturday night with a 7-3 loss to Jacksonville as the Suns took the best-of-five series, 3-1. Colvin batted .172 in eight postseason games with two doubles, one homer and four RBIs.

Bradley was sent home after Hendry decided comments the outfielder had made regarding "negativity" around the Cubs was enough. Colvin most likely was headed home, too. He'll get about two more weeks to play.

The left-handed-hitting outfielder actually began this season at Class A Daytona as part of his rehab from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his left elbow in November 2008. Last year, Colvin batted .256 in 137 games for Tennessee.

What else do you need to know about Colvin? He was born in Augusta, Ga., was a member of the gold-medal-winning Team USA in the Baseball World Cup in 2007, and has a bright future.

And 15 days after celebrating his 24th birthday, he'll be in the big leagues.

Pitching matchup
CHC: LHP Tom Gorzelanny (5-2, 5.29 ERA)
The Cubs have decided to skip Rich Harden and insert Gorzelanny into the rotation. Harden was roughed up by the Brewers in his last start, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks over three innings. This will be Gorzelanny's fifth start with the Cubs. He's 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA in nine appearances since joining Chicago on July 30. In his four previous starts with the Cubs, the lefty is 2-1 with a 4.82 ERA.

MIL: RHP Braden Looper (13-6, 4.89 ERA)
Looper struggled to get through the fifth inning at Wrigley Field on Wednesday but managed to win his 13th game, a new career high after notching 12 wins in each of the previous two seasons as a starter. He had to work through some discomfort, the result of a batting practice line drive that struck him square in the back the previous afternoon and caused his back to tighten in the middle innings of his outing against the Cubs. He knew he was chasing a personal milestone. "I knew that going in," Looper said. "I had 12 [wins] every year, and to get the 13th is nice."

Tidbits
The Cubs and Cardinals won't meet again at Busch Stadium until Aug. 13-15, 2010. ... Reed Johnson (fractured foot) was running the bases during batting practice. ... Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg told a Chicago newspaper he's willing to listen to big league offers. "I'd have to weigh everything," Sandberg said. "I don't know the situation with all the teams. But if somebody thinks I'm ready, if they want to talk to me, I'd definitely listen." Sandberg would be the first Hall of Famer to manage in the big leagues since Frank Robinson, who was the Washington Nationals' skipper in 2005-06.

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Up next
• Tuesday: Cubs (Randy Wells, 10-9, 3.06) at Brewers (Dave Bush, 5-7, 5.88), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Wednesday: Cubs (Ted Lilly, 12-8, 3.02) at Brewers (Chris Narveson, 1-0, 4.22), 7:05 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Cubs (Ryan Dempster, 10-8, 3.72) at Giants (TBD), 9:15 p.m. CT

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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