09/21/2009 7:04 PM ET
Cubs add outfielders Johnson, Colvin
Right-hander diamond designated for assignment
MILWAUKEE -- The Chicago Cubs today selected outfielder Tyler Colvin from Double-A Tennessee and activated Reed Johnson from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for Colvin on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Thomas Diamond was designated for assignment.
Colvin, who joins the first major league roster of his pro career, will wear uniform No. 19. Colvin and Johnson are available for tonight's game at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers at 7:05 p.m. The Cubs now have 34 players on their active roster, and their 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
Chicago's first-round draft pick (13th overall) in 2006, Colvin helped lead Tennessee to the Southern League championship series this year. The left-handed batter hit .300 (92-for-307) with 51 runs, 13 doubles, seven triples, 14 homers and 50 RBI in 84 Double-A games this season. Following "Tommy John" surgery on his left elbow in November of 2008, Colvin began the 2009 campaign with Single-A Daytona and combined to hit .286 (120-for-419) with 18 doubles, nine triples, 15 homers and 60 RBI in 116 games with the two clubs. With Tennessee, Colvin recorded a season-high 17-game hitting streak, August 14-September 1, going 27-for-66 (.409) during the stretch.
Colvin, 24, is a career .277 (476-for-1,716) hitter with 92 doubles, 31 triples, 56 homers and 274 RBI in 442 minor league games. In 2008, he batted .256 (138-for-540) in his first season at the Double-A level with Tennessee.
The 6-3, 190-pounder was named to the Florida State League All-Star team with Daytona in 2007, and was a member of the gold medal-winning Team USA in the Baseball World Cup that year. The Augusta, Ga., native attended Clemson University.
Johnson, 32, is batting .252 (37-for-147) with four home runs and 20 RBI in 59 games with the Cubs this season. He was placed on the disabled list July 30 with a left foot fracture after fouling a ball off his foot the previous day. This was Johnson's second stint on the disabled list this season; he was on the disabled list from June 25 (retro to June 21) until July 6 with lower back spasms.
Diamond, 26, was claimed off waivers from Texas on September 4 after going 2-3 with a 4.20 ERA (26 ER/55.2 IP) and one save in 38 games (one start) with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season.