The Cubs called up 30-year-old utility man Donnie Murphy on Saturday to replace Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment Friday after getting thrown out at third on a pitch in the dirt with the Cubs down by four in the ninth inning against the Dodgers.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum was asked if the move was a statement that the Cubs won't tolerate dumb baseball.
"Well, yeah," he said. "It's obviously an unfortunate thing that happened, but it's (at) a point that we just can't keep having those mistakes go on, and (Borbon has) had a few of those himself. Just time to make an adjustment to the roster and see if somebody else can do the job."
Murphy, who can play shortstop, second base, third base and outfield on occasion, has played in the majors in all but two years since 2004. In 577 at-bats with the Royals, Athletics and Marlins, Murphy hit .205 with 82 RBIs.
"Just kind of a gamer type baseball player, hard-nosed guy, can play a little bit of everything, got some power,” Sveum said of Murphy. “Obviously in his career (he) has had some strikeout problems. Just a baseball player that's going to battle and do all the little things you want done."
In other words, the things Borbon didn’t do. Sveum was openly upset after Borbon’s base running mistake. Asked if he was as mad as he’s been in a while, Sveum said yes.
"Those are things that are controllable,” he said. “You don't have control over swinging at a slider in the dirt ... In that situation, you mean absolutely nothing at that point. You can literally stand on second base and not do anything and everything will be perfectly fine."