Cubs call up Chris Carpenter

Updated: June 14, 2011, 8:12 PM ET
By Bruce Levine |

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs called up Chris Carpenter from Double-A Tennessee and activated outfielder Reed Johnson from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Carpenter joins into a depleted bullpen that lost Kerry Wood to the disabled list on Monday. Other pitchers like Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija have been used heavily lately.

Carpenter, who pitched in the Arizona Fall League, regularly hit 100 mph last fall. However his readings have been down from that.

He's also pitched at Triple-A Iowa this season and is 3-2 with a 5.63 ERA in the minors.

Johnson, who had been sidelined with back spasms, was in center field for Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Johnson was placed on the DL on May 29, retroactive to May 26. He went 0 for 6 in two rehab games with Iowa.

The corresponding moves were sending right-hander Casey Coleman and outfielder Tyler Colvin to Triple-A Iowa. Colvin hit .105 with two homers and eight RBIs in 38 games with the Cubs, and Coleman was 2-4 with a 7.78 ERA in 10 appearances, including eight starts.

Bruce Levine covers baseball for and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.