CINCINNATI -- Tony Campana got called up at the perfect time for his parents, two younger sisters, and more than 50 friends and family.
The outfielder was added to the Cubs' roster on Tuesday just in time for their game against the Reds. Campana grew up in Springboro, Ohio, which is a 35-minute drive north from Cincinnati. His parents, Mark and Faye, picked him and pitcher Scott Maine up at the airport to make sure they got to Great American Ball Park.
It was almost a perfect debut, too, as Campana entered the game as a pinch-runner in the seventh and scored the tie-breaking run, giving Chicago a 4-3 lead. He stayed in the game in left field and hit an RBI double in his first big league at-bat in the eighth. But the Reds spoiled the storyline by scoring four unearned runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-5 victory.
"It's pretty much a dream come true, other than the outcome of the game," Campana said. "I couldn't be happier to come out, get a hit, score a run and get an RBI."
He had a huge group of fans sitting behind the visitor's dugout at Great American Ball Park.
"I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was going to be," he said of his first at-bat. "Since I got in to pinch-run that helped out. I'd been out in the field and my nerves went away."
He has a souvenir from the day other than jet lag. He got the lineup card and the ball from his first hit.
Campana and Maine were recalled from Triple-A Iowa, and outfielder Tyler Colvin and pitcher Marcos Mateo were optioned to the Minor League team.
"It came as a total shock to me," Maine said. "[Campana] got called in [to Iowa manager Bill Dancy's office] and then he came out and I said, 'Are you going up?' and I jumped for joy. He's a non-roster guy and I was happy for him."
Then, Iowa pitching coach Mike Mason called the left-hander over.
"I'm like, 'Uh oh, what did I do?'" Maine said.
The two flew together from Reno, Nev., stopping in Salt Lake City, Utah, before arriving in Cincinnati.
In 30 games with Iowa, Campana was batting .342 (41-for-120) with eight doubles, two triples and nine RBIs. He'd stolen eight bases and been caught once, and brings speed. He'll be used as a defensive sub and pinch-runner.
"The way we're set up now and the way Reed [Johnson] is playing, we thought we needed somebody with a different look who can run," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "He can give Mike [Quade] some options on double switching, and run late in the game and get a bunt down instead of just a bat off the bench or a lesser defender."
A 13th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Campana, who turns 25 on May 30, graduated from the University of Cincinnati. A non-roster invitee, he wasn't even in the Cubs' big league camp this spring.
"I was just expecting to go to Triple-A and play as good as I could there, and honestly, I was hoping maybe I'd get a September callup at best," he said. "This is a real pleasant surprise."
And perfect timing.
"Getting to come home to play is a dream come true," he said.
Campana had to turn his phone off because of all the calls from well-wishers. He had to tell some of his college buddies to buy their own ticket.
An Indians fan growing up, Campana went to games at old Riverfront Stadium as well as Great American Ball Park. He used to sit way up in the nosebleed seats. He's listed at 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, but Campana looks smaller.
"When I was in high school, all the coaches I talked to said, 'You're a little too small to play college ball,'" he said. "Once I got to [University of] Cincinnati, they were like, 'Well, he's a little too small to play pro ball.' I got drafted after my senior year and then it was 'Well, he's fast. Let's see what else happens.'"
"'Campy' can run," Quade said. "He plays great defense. He'll slap it around and help us win a ballgame late. He can do things that we haven't had available."
Being small is nothing compared to what Campana had to deal with as a youngster. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma at age 7 and underwent six months of chemo. It didn't stop him. Some of his pre-Cubs highlights include a .418 average his senior year of high school and 104 stolen bases his junior year at Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, he was simply an anxious big leaguer.
"Campana was nervous today so I helped him along," said Maine, who made 13 relief outings last year with the Cubs. "I knew what to expect more than he would. He didn't have any idea."
What did Maine tell him?
"[I said] 'You're a big leaguer now, and no one is going to take that away from you and you have to act like it,'" Maine said.
Cashner's MRI shows shoulder re-aggravation
CINCINNATI -- Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff, suffered a setback as an MRI showed he re-aggravated the shoulder injury.
Cashner underwent the MRI on Tuesday in Chicago after feeling some discomfort in his shoulder when he was getting ready to pitch in an extended Spring Training game in Mesa, Ariz., on Monday.
Cashner made one start this year on April 5, and then went on the disabled list. He's now back to square one in his rehab after reinjuring the same muscle. There's no timetable for his return.
"I feel real bad for him," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Tuesday. "He's worked hard and his rehab has gone well up to this point."
Maine earns his way back to big leagues
CINCINNATI -- This spring, it seemed as if Scott Maine had a good chance to make the Cubs' Opening Day roster. The left-hander had impressed last season in his 13 appearances, holding opponents scoreless in nine innings and limiting hitters to a .188 average.
But he ended up at Triple-A Iowa instead.
"I didn't do what I needed to do," Maine said Tuesday about Spring Training. "I struggled with my curveball command and [manager Mike Quade] told me I needed to go down and work on it, and I did and I'm back up here, so I guess I did some things right."
Maine was recalled from Iowa on Tuesday while Marcos Mateo was optioned to the Minor League team. In 14 relief outings with Iowa, Maine had a 2.84 ERA and had struck out 21 over 19 innings.
Mateo was 1-1 with a 5.74 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs.
"I didn't think [Mateo] was ready to pitch at the level he needed to last night," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "Maine proved last year that when he gets in these grooves he can be real good."
The Cubs now have four lefties in the bullpen in Maine, John Grabow, Sean Marshall and James Russell.
"We thought it'd be a good time to give him a shot, and also maybe Mateo will realize he deserved to get here but it's harder to stay here," Hendry said. "He's got to show more level of consistency than he has."
Cubs remain high on Colvin's future
CINCINNATI -- This offseason, the Cubs were projecting that Tyler Colvin would make it difficult for manager Mike Quade because he'd be playing well enough to deserve playing time. Instead, Colvin struggled, and was batting .113 in 28 games when he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
"He just needs to play and get back to where he was a year ago," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Tuesday. "I told him last night, and I mean this, I think he's an everyday guy for the Cubs for years to come. I think he proved he can do that."
Last year, Colvin hit 20 home runs, drove in 56 runs, and batted .254 in 135 games. He made it tough for Lou Piniella and Quade to find at-bats for him.
"Tyler hit 20 home runs in about 400 at-bats [in 2010], and all winter long Mike and I talked about him getting a lot of time in all three outfield spots, maybe some at first," Hendry said.
But it didn't happen.
"He put himself in this spot," Hendry said. "He had a very poor spring compared to last year, but I still think it's in there. When you get in a funk sometimes, it takes a while to get out of it.
"He could be back in two, three weeks," Hendry said. "I think long term he is an everyday guy. Nobody's down on him for the future, nobody's looking to get rid of him. It's just a growing-pain type thing that you didn't see coming the way the season ended last year. It happens all the time in this game."
Quade said he hoped Colvin gets back on track soon.
"We're going to need him this summer," Quade said of the left-handed-hitting outfielder. "We need the guy who was playing last year, and the only way he's going to do that is go to Iowa and play every day and do what he needs to do."
Cubs pitcher Randy Wells gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits over 3 2/3 innings for Class A Peoria in a rehab start on Tuesday night. Wells, out since April 6 with a strained right forearm, did not walk a batter and struck out one. He threw 48 pitches, 34 for strikes, in the Chiefs' 3-1 loss.
Doug Davis, who will start Friday in the Cubs' Interleague series against the Red Sox, will join the team in Miami on Wednesday. The left-hander made his first start for Chicago on Saturday. His wife went into labor shortly after the game and gave birth to a daughter on Sunday in Chicago. Davis pitched five innings in the loss to the Giants. He's been staying on schedule by working out at Wrigley.
With his three-run homer in the first Tuesday, Carlos Pena has reached base safely in his last 12 games, hitting safely in eight of them. He is batting .368 in that stretch with five homers and 11 RBIs.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter@CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.