Cubs recall three players from Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Tony Campana, infielder Adrian Cardenas and outfielder Dave Sappelt from Triple-A Iowa.

All three players will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.  Recalled for the first time this season, Sappelt will wear uniform number 17.

Campana, 26, joins the Cubs for the second time this season.  He was originally recalled from Triple-A on April 21 and batted .259 (41-for-158) with five doubles, 21 runs scored and 26 stolen bases in 70 games for the Cubs before being optioned to Iowa on August 5.  Despite his time in the minors, Campana still is tied for 10th in the National League in stolen bases.  Campana combined to bat .280 (40-for-143) in 37 games during two stints with Iowa this year.

The left-handed batter and thrower made his big league debut for the Cubs last season and has combined to hit .259 (78-for-301) with eight doubles, one home run, 45 runs scored and 50 stolen bases in 165 major league games.  Campana’s 90.9 percent stolen base success rate (50-for-55) is the fourth-best mark in the majors the last two seasons. 

Cardenas, 24, joins the Cubs for his third stint in the big leagues this season.  He made his major league debut this year and has batted .234 (11-for-47) with six doubles, five runs scored and two RBI in 32 games covering two stints from May 7-June 25 and July 31-August 20.  Cardenas has seen action at second base (seven games, five starts), third base (one start) and left field (three games, one start).

The left-handed batter and right-handed thrower batted .300 (73-for-243) with 22 doubles, four triples, three home runs and 32 RBI in 65 games with Iowa this season.  Cardenas posted a .381 on-base percentage and a .461 slugging percentage, good for an .842 OPS.  Cardenas was claimed off waivers from Oakland in February.

Sappelt, 25, joins the Cubs after batting .266 (133-for-500) with 26 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 54 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 133 games with Iowa this season.  Sappelt was acquired by the Cubs with Travis Wood and Ronald Torreyes from the Reds for Sean Marshall last December.

The right-handed batter and thrower made his major league debut for the Reds last season and hit .243 (26-for-107) with eight doubles and five RBI in 38 big league games.  In 2010, Sappelt was Cincinnati’s Minor League Player of the Year, the Southern League’s Most Valuable Player and a Baseball America Double-A All-Star after batting .361 (119-for-330) in 89 games with Double-A Carolina.