You’ll recall that Cubs utilityman Tommy La Stella failed to report to his minor league assignment in Iowa after being optioned on July 29. Bradford Doolittle of ESPN reports now, however, that La Stella has finally reported. Not to Iowa, though: he has joined Double-A Tennessee. He’s playing second base and batting second tonight for the Smokies.
Obviously there was and maybe is a lot going on with La Stella emotionally, psychologically and so on. Or maybe he just needed a while to cool the heck off after getting some bad professional news. Hard to say. Either way, credit to the Cubs and La Stella for not turning what was already a weird and public situation into a larger controversy than it was and not letting it permanently damage their professional relationship or La Stella’s career more than it did.