With the activation of third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Reed Johnson from the disabled list, two-game leadoff "star" Sam Fuld was returned to Iowa on Monday.
Sorry Sammy, but MLB is a tough, heartless business my friend.
Sure I know that in the two games you started at leadoff in place of $18 million dollar Alfonso Soriano, you went 4-for-8 and threw out a runner trying to score.
But hey, that wasn't good enough.
Look, your sample size just wasn't large enough, though you did impress manager Lou Piniella.
"...you know, we're obviously pleased with the two games. He's done well."
To his credit, Sam seemed to understand his role.
"It's pretty simple," Fuld said. "Get on base. I'm not trying to hit too many home runs. I just try to set the table for the middle of the order and [get on base] however I can."
GM Jim Hendry indicated it was a simple numbers game.
"With Reed coming back," said Hendry, "Sam's playing time was going to be diminished."
Meanwhile, Fuld and Kevin Hart were demoted to Iowa and rule-five pickup David Patton was placed on the DL with a suspicious ailment as the team activated Ramirez, Johnson, and Angel Guzman.
So it's goodbye for now, Mr. Fuld.
But we'll see you in the fall, if not sooner. Only one "scrappy" fan favorite (Johnson) to a team, come to think of it.