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11 Tommy La Stella 2B
Height/Weight: 5-11/190 | Birthdate: 1/31/1989 | Birthplace: Westwood, NJ | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Cubs' Tommy La Stella hopeful to return from DL later next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs second baseman Tommy La Stella told reporters he believes he will be ready to play when he is eligible to come off the disabled list later next week, per ESPN. La Stella was placed on the DL on Tuesday with rib cage inflammation. The move was retroactive to April 9.

He held a .167 batting average in just six at-bats this season.


Cubs place Tommy La Stella on the DL, recall Zac Rosscup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) The Cubs have placed second baseman Tommy La Stella on the 15-day DL with rib cage inflammation and recalled pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A, according to ESPN.com.

La Stella missed the last two games while dealing with a side strain and will need extra time before returning to the club. He is hitting .167 in six at-bats this season.


Cubs' Tommy La Stella to take soft-toss swings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella will try and take soft-toss swings Monday evening, the Chicago Tribune reports.

If La Stella can hit soft toss without issue, he could be available to pinch hit Monday. The infielder is dealing with a strain on his side, and the team is hoping he won't need a trip to the disabled list.


Cubs' Mike Olt back in lineup Monday vs. Reds


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt is back in the starting lineup Monday against the Reds.

Olt was hit by a pitch on the wrist Saturday but was able to pinch hit one day later before returning to the lineup Monday. Second baseman Tommy La Stella, who is dealing with a strain on his side, is not in the lineup Monday.

The Cubs are favorites (-131) against the Reds Monday.


Cubs' Tommy La Stella dealing with strain on side


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella is dealing with a strain on his side, preventing him from starting Sunday, ESPN Chicago reports.

La Stella has played in just two games this season, going 1 for 6 with a stolen base. With Mike Olt also dealing with an injury, Jonathan Herrera is getting the start at third base and batting ninth Sunday.

The Cubs are favorites (-115) against the Rockies Sunday.


Cubs batting Jorge Soler second, Jon Lester eighth Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Cubs announced the starting lineup for Sunday's season opener against the Cardinals, with right fielder Jorge Soler slotted into the second spot of the lineup.

Soler spent most of his brief action in 2014 batting fourth or fifth, but he'll slot in between center fielder Dexter Fowler and first baseman Anthony Rizzo Sunday.

The full Cubs lineup Sunday: CF Fowler, RF Soler, 1B Rizzo, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, 3B Mike Olt, C David Ross, SP Jon Lester, 2B Tommy La Stella.

Ross draws the start at catcher with former Red Sox teammate Lester on the mound. Manager Joe Maddon will bat the pitcher eighth, Olt and La Stella join Rizzo and Castro in the infield for the team's first game, with Arismendy Alcantara set to come off the bench.


Cubs INF Tommy La Stella 'very comfortable' at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella said he feels "very comfortable" playing at third base, per MLB.com.

La Stella began to take reps at third base after the Cubs indicated he needed to be able to play more than second base to make the roster following his acquisition from Atlanta.

"It takes a second to get used to, but luckily they gave me the heads up, so I've been able to work out over there for several months," he said.


Trade of Valbuena doesn't mean Cubs are rushing Bryant to the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday the trade of third baseman Luis Valbuena to Houston and third-base prospect Kris Bryant's roster situation are "totally independent" of each other.

Hoyer added Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara could play at third base until Chicago feels Bryant is ready for the majors.

"We are not going to speed up that clock," Hoyer said, per ESPN.

Bryant, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has developed into one of the top prospects in baseball. He hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games in the minors in 2014.


Cubs acquire 2B Tommy La Stella from Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) The Cubs and Braves have completed a trade, with the Cubs acquiring second baseman Tommy La Stella and Atlanta's No. 4 international signing bonus slot in exchange for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino and Chicago's No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 international signing bonus slot.

La Stella made his major-league debut for the Braves last season, playing in 93 games and starting 86 times at second base. He hit .251/.328/.317 with one home run, 31 RBI and two stolen bases in 319 at-bats. La Stella will likely serve as a reserve infielder with the Cubs.

Vizcaino broke in with the Braves in 2010, posting a 4.67 ERA in 17 1/3 innings that season. He has battled injuries since that season and was ultimately shipped to Chicago in the deal that brought Paul Maholm to Atlanta in 2012.


Report: Walden, La Stella could be on trading block for Braves


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Reliever Jordan Walden and second baseman Tommy La Stella are among the players the Braves might trade this offseason, according to MLB.com writer Mark Bowman. Walden is set to make around $3 million in arbitration.

Tommy La Stella back in action Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella has overcome a head injury and is set to start Wednesday afternoon against Washington.

The rookie was scratched from the starting lineup Tuesday with a migraine headache, but did get one plate appearance. He has been scufflng with just 12 hits in his last 75 at-bats. La Stella has no multi-hit games since Aug. 8. His .257 average is at its lowest point since his third game of the season.


Tommy La Stella scratched Tuesday with migraine


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella has been scratched from Tuesday's starting lineup due to a migraine headache, the team announced.

La Stella is just 2 for 16 in five games this month. He has hit .257/.333/.323 with one home run, 31 RBI and two stolen bases in 303 at-bats.


Phil Gosselin in, Tommy La Stella out of Saturday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Slumping Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella seems to be losing at-bats at least temporarily to newcomer Phil Gosselin - even against right-handers - and Saturday is an example. The latter is playing over the former against Oakland.

This marks the third start in four games for Gosselin, who slugged two hits, including a home run, Friday night. La Stella has just one hit in his last 15 at-bats.


Tommy La Stella absent from lineup against Dodgers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) A matchup against tough left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu has Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella out of the Wednesday lineup. Phil Gosselin is set to man the position instead.

La Stella has not wilted against southpaws this season, against whom he owns a stat line of .346/.433/.481.


Tommy La Stella makes expected return Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Braves infielder Tommy La Stella is in the starting lineup, as expected, Tuesday against the Dodgers. La Stella was forced to leave Monday's game due to hamstring cramping, but the injury was not expected to be one that lingered.

Tommy La Stella exits game with hamstring cramp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was removed from Monday's game against the Dodgers due to a muscle cramp in his upper right hamstring, the team announced.

The injury is thought to be minor, and La Stella should be able to return to the lineup Tuesday. He went 0 for 1 at the plate before exiting, giving the second baseman a .284/.366/.360 line in 236 at-bats.


Tommy La Stella slams first career homer in defeat of Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Braves rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella had an eventful game Friday against Washington. He slugged his first career home run - against Stephen Strasburg.

La Stella, who also singled, went deep in the fifth inning for the team's fourth home run of the night.


Tommy La Stella getting afternoon off Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella has emerged from a mini-slump, but he will not get a chance to pick up his momentum Monday against the Padres. He is out of the lineup in favor of rookie Phil Gosselin.

La Stella has four hits in his last six at-bats after a 2-for-20 slide.


Tommy La Stella clears the bases


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/21/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella doubled to deep right-center with the bases loaded in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Phillies, driving in three. La Stella finished 2 for 4 and now has 21 RBI in 165 at-bats.

Tommy La Stella enters break on high note


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella wrapped up his first half Sunday by going 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI in his team's 10-7 win over the Cubs.

La Stella has been a revelation for the Braves at second base, posting a .292/.371/.357 line with 17 RBI, 19 walks and 20 strikeouts in 154 at-bats. Dan Uggla, the former starter at the position, has hit just .162/.241/.231 with two home runs, 10 RBI, 10 walks and 40 strikeouts in 130 at-bats. If La Stella can maintain his OBP in the second half, it'll be the higest on-base percentage the Braves have had by a regular at the second base position since Kelly Johnson posted a .375 OBP in 2007.


Tommy La Stella doesn't miss a game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was able to start Wednesday against the Mets after leaving Tuesday's game with a bruised right foot. La Stella enters play Wednesday batting just .143 (8 for 56) in his last 16 games.

Tommy La Stella exits game with bruised foot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2014) Braves second baseman Tommy La Stella was removed from Tuesday's game against the Mets due to a right foot bruise, the team announced.

La Stella was hit by a pitch in the second inning and tried to play through the injury, but he came out later in the game after going 0 for 2 at the plate. La Stella believes he'll be fine to play Wednesday, but manager Fredi Gonzalez called La Stella 50-50 for Wednesday's game, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The second baseman has hit .277/.359/.348 with 14 RBI and two stolen bases in 112 at-bats.


Tommy La Stella drives in five runs in doubleheader


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Braves infielder Tommy La Stella was back in the lineup for both games of Saturday's doubleheader against the Phillies, after getting the night off Friday.

La Stella responded to the time off with three extra-base hits Saturday. He went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three RBI in a 10-3 win in Game 1, and followed it up by going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI. He also walked once in the second game, a 5-1 win.

La Stella entered play Saturday hitless in 18 at-bats over his previous six games, so the time off seemed to do him some good. He is hitting .276/.342/.343 in 105 at-bats.  


Tommy La Stella hits three-run triple from seventh spot


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) A lower spot in the batting order seems to agree with Braves rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella. He was raking until he was moved into the leadoff spot, then to second in the order.

Those switches resulted in a 2-for-34 slide that sent his batting average tumbling from .387 to .268. La Stella was moved down to seventh in the order Saturday in Philadelphia and responded with a bases-clearing triple in the eighth inning that gave his team an 8-2 lead.


Tommy La Stella taking seat in Philly


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Scuffling Braves rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella has been benched for the Friday night game in Philadelphia. His replacement is Dan Uggla.

La Stella hasn't had a hit in his last 17 at-bats, which covers five games. He is in a 3-for-40 slide that has coincided with his move to the leadoff spot and dropped his average from .411 to .271. La Stella has since been dropped into the second hole.