The Dallas native batted a respectable .273 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 31 games with Chicago's top farm team but found himself back with Tennessee after the Cubs' returned players like Matt Murton, ex-Smoky Sam Fuld and Micah Hoffpauir, who had a sensational spring training (.382), to the minors.
He gets to play everyday in AA, but, at his age, this can't be that good of a sign.
Aramis Ramirez is back in his old home city, and is happy to be healthy
"It wasn't any fun last season," Ramirez lamented. "I hurt my knee and I missed up to, I don't know, 30 games? But we still had a good season and we made the playoffs and had a good season."
With Derrek Lee back to form, a healthy Ramirez means a lot of runs. We'll see how he looks in July.
One guy who isn't looking great is Michael Barret. The Padres put him on the DL with an elbow injury, and called up Colt Morton. This is all good news for Josh Bard fans and his fantasy owners.
Last, but not least, the Pirates may start Brian Bixler at shortstop Wednesday.
Manager John Russell hinted that the rookie shortstop, whose base-running hesitation Monday cost the Pirates the potential game-winning run in the home opener, could be in the starting lineup tonight against the Chicago Cubs.
This would be Bixler's first big league start. To date, he has a pinch hitting appearance (K'd) and the ill fated pinch running assignment Monday.
Here's a look at Zach Duke to get you ready for his match-up against Dempster.