WASHINGTON -- The Cubs selected the contract of left-hander Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, and optioned pitcher Justin Berg back down.
This will be Maine's first time in the Major Leagues, and he did well this season as a reliever, posting a 4-2 record and a 3.14 ERA with two teams. Maine found out that he was coming to the Cubs on Monday and made it to Washington about two hours before batting practice for Tuesday's game with the Nationals
"When I was told yesterday, I was happy, but I've heard horror stories in the past where guys have been in the airport and sent back," he said. "So I wasn't going to get my hopes up until I actually got here. Now that I'm here, I'm extremely happy, and I just look forward to getting on the field and performing."
Cubs interim manager Mike Quade said this move will give him different options during a game.
"No manager will argue with having three left-handers in the bullpen very often," Quade said. "If we're going to mix and match, you can start left-righting people pretty early, if you want."
Berg will go back to Triple-A Iowa. He had an 0-1 record with a 5.77 ERA. He gave up five runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings against the Braves on Aug. 22 in his last appearance.
Coleman's first career win similar to dad's
WASHINGTON -- Casey Coleman and his family had a lot of fun after the rookie pitcher got his first Major League victory in the Cubs' 9-1 rout of the Nationals on Monday night.
Casey's father, Joe, was a Major League pitcher who also got his first win in Washington. He threw a complete game to lead the Washington Senators to a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Athletics on Sept. 28, 1965.
The rookie said that made the night even more special.
"Getting your first win in the same place your dad did is kind of cool," Casey said.
The elder Coleman was in Lakeland, Fla., and now is a Minor League pitching coach in the Tigers' system, and the two pitchers spoke on Monday night.
"He was just excited," Casey said. "He called me again today and said he only got two hours of sleep because he was so excited. He wants me to go out there and stay focused and keep doing it."
Coleman also spoke with his mom and others close to him. It truly was a night of firsts for Coleman, because he also got his first Major League hit and RBI when his single drove in a run in the fifth inning.
Byrd out vs. Nationals as precaution
WASHINGTON -- Marlon Byrd pleaded his case to interim manager Mike Quade, but the skipper still gave his All-Star the night off.
Byrd left Monday's victory over Washington with a bruise on his right hand after Livan Hernandez hit him in the third inning. The team said on Monday that Byrd is considered day-to-day, and Quade said on Tuesday that the outfielder is doing much better -- but he'd prefer to err on the side of caution.
"He came in and said he feels pretty darn good," Quade said. "We were very concerned. I am a little bit adamant. If I'm going to be cautious with a guy, then so be it, and so we gave him the day. I'd say we have a very strong bench tonight."
Byrd has been on a roll lately, hitting safely in 21 of his past 27 games. He's hitting .306, an average that ranks sixth in the National League heading into Tuesday's play.
He played for Washington in 2005 and '06 before going to Texas for the next three seasons.
Cubs end odd fifth-inning scoreless streak
WASHINGTON -- The Cubs scored two runs in the fifth inning of Monday's 9-1 win over the Nationals, breaking an odd scoreless streak.
Chicago hadn't scored in the fifth inning in any games this month. The last time the Cubs scored a run in the fifth came on July 31 against the Rockies.
The Cubs got two runs in the fifth in that game.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.