Cubs recall Cardenas, option Wood to Triple-A Iowa

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled infielder Adrian Cardenas from Triple-A Iowa.  To make room for Cardenas on the roster, left-handed pitcher Travis Wood was optioned to Triple-A.

Cardenas, who joins the first major league roster of his career, will wear uniform number 45 and be available for the Cubs tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field.

Cardenas, 24, is batting .319 (30-for-94) with seven doubles, three triples, two home runs, 11 runs scored and 18 RBI in 26 games with Iowa this season.  He has a .376 on-base percentage and a .521 slugging percentage, good for a .897 OPS.  The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower is batting .375 (9-for-24) vs. left-handed pitching and .300 (21-for-70) vs. right-handed pitching.  Cardenas has played 17 games at second base, four at third base and three at shortstop.

Claimed off waivers from Oakland in February, Cardenas batted .314 (154-for-491) with 28 doubles, four triples, five home runs, 70 runs scored, 51 RBI and a .374 on-base percentage in 127 games with Triple-A Sacramento last year.  He ranked eighth in the Pacific Coast League with 154 hits and posted his highest batting average in his five full professional campaigns, a number he is currently exceeding in 2012.

In 2011, Cardenas saw action at second base (35 games), shortstop (three games), third base (13 games) and left field (44 games), his first professional experience in the outfield. 

Cardenas was selected by Philadelphia in the supplemental round (37th overall) of the 2006 Draft and acquired by Oakland as part of the trade that sent Joe Blanton to the Phillies on July 17, 2008.  In 669 minor league games, Cardenas is a career .303 hitter (779-for-2,569) with 150 doubles, 24 triples, 31 home runs and 78 stolen bases.

Wood, 25, recorded a no-decision in his Cubs debut yesterday against Los Angeles, limiting the Dodgers to three runs on three hits and three walks in 6.0 innings.  He struck out four and retired his final 11 batters faced.  Wood is 1-3 with a 5.08 ERA (16 ER/28.1 IP) in five starts with Iowa this year.