By Paul Sullivan
Tribune staff reporter
June 7, 2003, 9:52 PM CDT
With first baseman Hee Seop Choi expected to miss up to 10 days with a concussion from his collision with Kerry Wood, the Cubs likely will recall David Kelton from Triple-A Iowa to take his place on the roster.
"Even if it's a severe concussion, he'll be out a week to 10 days," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said of Choi. "We're going to have to make some kind of move."
Kelton, who recently moved from third base to the outfield because of defensive deficiencies, is hitting .299 for Iowa with six home runs and 27 RBIs.
With the Cubs about to embark on a 10-game trip that includes the first six in Baltimore and Toronto, Kelton likely would assume the DH role.
If Sammy Sosa's appeal is heard early next week and his eight-game suspension is upheld or even lowered, the Cubs will have to play the bulk of the trip with only 24 players.
"We have another factor when Sammy has his suspension," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. "We're already at 24 [players] without Sammy, and we'll be at 23 with the DH when we go to American League parks.
"That DH is going to be equally as important as who fills Sammy's hole in right field. Basically that puts me two men short instead of one."
This could provide an interesting change for the Cubs strugling offense. Kelton has good power and a good arm in the field.
[b]Useless Trivia of the day[/b]
England's Worcester Canoe Club set the world record for paddling a hand-propelled bathtub. The 25 man team covered a distance of 55 miles, 425 yards in 24 hours on September 28 and 29, 1979.