for better or worse, the kid was not playing -- and if he's not, there's little point in running his service time clock. pie would have to miss another five or six weeks of the majors to safely skirt super-two designation following 2009, and that is probably a concern in the minds of the cubs' front office.
beyond that, perhaps lou piniella considers the defensive decline that comes with having jacque jones in center as offset by an offensive advantage (regardless of how poorly he's hit to date -- in terms of win percentage added, jacque has been the most destructive player on the club). or perhaps piniella is simply unwilling to play a rookie in a key position with a lot of ground to make up. or perhaps pie happened to be on the bench when the club started winning, and no one is willing to mess with good fortune.
in any case, angel pagan was called up to be the last man off the bench. he has hit 250/310/414 in 116 at-bats in iowa.
|1||Carlos Zambrano||Ryan Dempster||Scott Eyre*||Michael Barrett||Derrek Lee||Alfonso Soriano|
|2||Ted Lilly*||Bob Howry||Will Ohman*||Henry Blanco||Mark Derosa||Jacque Jones*|
|3||Jason Marquis||Michael Wuertz||Neal Cotts*||Geovany Soto||Ryan Theriot||Cliff Floyd*|
|4||Rich Hill*||Rocky Cherry||Clay Rapada*||Aramis Ramirez||Matt Murton|
|5||Angel Guzman||Roberto Novoa||Cesar Izturis**||Daryle Ward*|
|6||Mark Prior||Kerry Wood||Ronny Cedeno||Angel Pagan**|
|7||Juan Mateo||Wade Miller||Scott Moore*||Felix Pie*|
|8||Sean Marshall*||Brian Dopirak||Buck Coats*|