Saturday, April 22, 2006

Michael Restovich Takes Derrick Lee's Roster Spot

Outfielder Michael Restovich, 28, a once highly regarded Pittsburgh prospect whom since has lost his luster, was called up to the Cubs from AAA Iowa City Friday to take the roster spot of injured first baseman Derrick Lee. Restovich played some first base during spring camp, but likely will get little time at the position behind second baseman Todd Walker, who will move over, and John Mabry, a bench reserve. Both Walker and Mabry have experience at first. The choice of Restovich makes it clear the club has little confidence in prospective slugger Brandon Sing, 25, a lumbering first baseman who hit .280 with 26 homers in 411 AB at the AA level last year.