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Cubs select contract of RHP Buchanan; activate OF Coghlan, RHP Smith from 15-day DL

Coghlan(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the 15-day disabled list, activated right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

All three players will be available for the Cubs Thursday when they begin their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Buchanan will wear uniform No. 43.

Coghlan, 31, has combined to hit .165 (35-for-212) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 78 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a right rib contusion. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and a 1.118 OPS with Iowa.

Coghlan rejoined the Cubs through a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games. Last season, Coghlan set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland Feb. 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.

Smith, 32, was acquired by the Cubs from the Angels on Aug. 1 and is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 4.14 ERA (19 ER/41.1 IP) in 44 relief appearances between the clubs this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain. He made two rehab outings with Iowa this week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings.

In his career, Smith is 40-27 with a 2.97 ERA (185 ER/560 IP) in 629 major-league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons. He has limited foes to a .228 batting average and .308 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.64 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .331 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .216 career batting average against.

Buchanan, 26, went 12-8 with a 4.34 ERA (68 ER/141 IP) in 24 appearances (22 starts) with Iowa this season. He had a strong finish to his Triple-A campaign, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20 IP) in his final three starts. Buchanan was in spring training with the Houston Astros but was released on March 31. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in early April and joined Iowa on April 18.

The right-hander has pitched parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Astros, going 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA (20 ER/44.1 IP) in 22 appearances (20 in relief and two as a starter). He was originally selected by Houston in the eighth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State University.

Cubs recall IF La Stella, option RHP Patton

LaStella(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been optioned to Triple-A. La Stella is in the starting lineup tonight for the Cubs as they conclude their three-game series against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old La Stella is batting .295 (31-for-105) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBI in 51 games for the Cubs this season. He has a .388 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage, good for an .845 OPS. La Stella was optioned to the minors on July 28 and combined to bat .296 (8-for-27) with two doubles, two walks and four runs scored between Double-A Tennessee (two games) and Iowa (six games).

La Stella was acquired from Atlanta on Nov. 16, 2014, and has batted .285 (49-for-172) with 15 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI in 84 games covering the last two years with Chicago.

Patton, 28, is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA (9 ER/17.1 IP) in 12 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He is 1-0 with 11 saves and a 0.77 ERA (3 ER/35.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Iowa this year.

Cubs put Lackey, Rondon on DL; bring up Pena, Zastryzny

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 15) with a right shoulder strain and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 17) with a right triceps strain. In corresponding roster moves, the Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Felix Pena and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks have been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Both Pena, who will wear uniform No. 60, and Zastryzny, who will wear uniform No. 29, join the first major-league roster of their careers and will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Pena, 26, is 3-4 with three saves and a 3.41 ERA (24 ER/63.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has struck out 81 batters and walked only 23 in 63.1 innings pitched, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pena has posted a 1.09 WHIP and limited opponents to a .203 batting average, including a .217 mark by right-handed hitters and a .180 mark by left-handed hitters. He has a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in 10 relief outings since the Triple-A All-Star Break.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Pena originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on March 9, 2009, out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is only three seasons removed from spending the entire 2013 with Low-A Kane County, where he earned midseason All-Star honors, before moving on to earn midseason All-Star honors with High-A Daytona in 2014 and Double-A Tennessee in 2015. Overall, Pena is 29-39 with seven saves and a 3.79 ERA (265 ER/628.2 IP) in 179 minor-league appearances (78 starts) covering eight seasons.

Zastryzny, 24, has combined to go 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA (65 ER/135.2 IP) in 24 outings, all but one as a starter, between Tennessee and Iowa this season. He began the year by making nine starts with Tennessee (3-2, 4.28) before earning his first promotion to Iowa on May 24 and going 7-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 Triple-A appearances (14 starts). With Iowa, Zastryzny has limited foes to a .229 batting average, including a .190 mark to left-handed hitters, and has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his last four outings, fanning 25 in 20 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zastryzny was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Missouri. Like Pena, Zastryzny is only two seasons removed from Single-A Daytona. Overall, he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA (171 ER/334.1 IP) in 73 minor-league appearances, including 68 starts, in four campaigns.

Cubs activate RHP Cahill for first game of doubleheader

Cahill(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

The Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill off of the 15-day disabled list. Cahill will start the first game of today’s day-night doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field, serving as the club’s “26th man.”

The 28-year-old Cahill is 1-3 with two holds and a 3.07 ERA (14 ER/41.0 IP) in 33 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has struck out 46 batters in 41 innings while limiting foes to a .209 batting average, including a .197 mark by lefties and a .216 mark by righties. Cahill was placed on the disabled list last month with right knee patellar tendinitis. He made six rehab starts with Triple-A Iowa as part of his return, going 0-3 with a 4.58 ERA (10 ER/19.2 IP) and fanning 25 batters in 19.2 innings.

Since joining the Cubs on Sept. 1, 2015, Cahill has combined to go 2-3 with four holds and a 2.79 ERA (18 ER/58.0 IP) in 44 relief outings. He has struck out 68 batters in 58 innings and held opponents to a .192 batting average.

Today marks Cahill’s first major-league start since April 26, 2015, with the Atlanta Braves at the Philadelphia Phillies, a 5-4 setback.

Cubs recall RHP Grimm, place RHP Strop on 15-day DL

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The Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a left meniscus tear and recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa. Strop is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. Grimm will be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old Grimm is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (18 ER/35.1 IP) in 46 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has 40 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched, an average of 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average, including a .195 mark by right-handed hitters. Grimm has spent most of the season with the Cubs outside of one relief appearance for Iowa on Aug. 1.

Strop, 31, is 2-2 with 21 holds and a 2.89 ERA (14 ER/43.2 IP) in 50 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Cubs activate RHP Hammel, option RHP Grimm to Iowa

Hammel(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel off of the bereavement list. Right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Hammel is scheduled to make the start for the Cubs tomorrow night when they conclude their two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley Field. Hammel, 33, is 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA (41 ER/120.1 IP) in 21 starts with the Cubs this season.

Grimm, 27, is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA (18 ER/35.1 IP) in 46 relief appearances. He made one relief appearance for Iowa on Aug. 1 in Omaha, striking out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning.

Cubs place RHP Hammel on Bereavement List, recall RHP Grimm

Grimm(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel on the bereavement list and recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa.

Grimm will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old Grimm has no record and a 4.72 ERA (18 ER/34.1 IP) in 45 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has 38 strikeouts in 34.1 innings pitched, an average of 10.0 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average, including a .200 mark by right-handed hitters. Grimm had spent the entire season with the Cubs prior to being optioned to Triple-A following the game Saturday. He made one relief appearance for Iowa on Monday in Omaha, striking out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning.

Hammel, 33, is 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA (41 ER/120.1 IP) in 21 starts with the Cubs this season.

The Cubs add righty Joe Smith to the active roster

Joe-Smith(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty)

The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitcher Joe Smith to the 25-man roster. Right-hander Spencer Patton has been optioned to Triple-A. Smith, who will wear uniform No. 30, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field.

The 32-year-old Smith was acquired yesterday from the Los Angeles Angels for minor-league right-hander Jesus Castillo. He is 40-27 with a 2.94 ERA (182 ER/556.1 IP) in 623 major-league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons with the New York Mets (2007-08), Cleveland Indians (2009-13) and Los Angeles Angels (2014-16).  Smith has reached 70 relief outings in each of the last five seasons and has pitched in both closing and set-up situations in the last three years, totaling 26 saves and 56 holds since the start of the 2014 campaign.

In his career, Smith has limited foes to a .226 batting average and .306 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.60 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .326 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a career .214 batting average against.

Smith is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 3.82 ERA (16 ER/37.2 IP) in 38 relief appearances with the Angels this season. In his last 17 outings starting May 23, he has pitched to a 2.87 ERA (5 ER/15.2 IP).

Patton, 28, is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA (7 ER/12.1 IP) in nine big-league outings this season and has gone 1-0 with eight saves and a 0.90 ERA (3 ER/30.0 IP) in 29 relief appearances.

Cubs activate OF Coghlan; option IF La Stella to Iowa

Chris Coghlan goes 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, three RBI and three runs—Sept. 20 vs. Los Angeles (Photo by Stephen Green)(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs today activated outfielder Chris Coghlan off the 15-day disabled list and optioned infielder Tommy La Stella to Triple-A Iowa. Coghlan will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Wrigley Field.

The 31-year-old Coghlan has combined to hit .155 (30 for 194) with five home runs and 14 RBI in 70 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 3 with a right rib cage strain. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .500 (8 for 16) with four doubles, six RBI and a 1.369 OPS with Double-A Tennessee.

Coghlan rejoined the Cubs via a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219 for 825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games with the team. Last season, Coghlan set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played, as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland Feb. 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.

La Stella, 27, is batting .295 (31 for 105) with nine doubles, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI in 51 games for the Cubs this season.

Cubs acquire LHP Chapman for quartet of players including RHP Warren, IF Torres

Aroldis(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty)

The Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Aroldis Chapman from the New York Yankees for infielder Gleyber Torres, right-handed pitcher Adam Warren, and outfielders Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Chapman is expected to join the Cubs for tomorrow night’s game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Chapman, 28, is 3-0 with 20 saves and a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in 31 relief appearances with the Yankees this season. He has struck out 44 batters and walked only eight in 31.1 innings while pitching to a 0.89 WHIP. Chapman has limited foes to a .179 batting average, a .233 on-base percentage and a .286 slugging percentage, good for a .519 opponent OPS. Chapman joins the Cubs having not allowed a run in his last nine appearances, covering 11.1 innings, starting June 30, limiting opponents to a .367 OPS in that span.

The Holguin, Cuba, native originally signed a six-year major-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds in January of 2010 and was traded to the Yankees last December as the headliner of a five-player trade. He signed a one-year deal with the Yankees to avoid arbitration in his final season of eligibility in February.  Chapman made his New York debut on May 9 after beginning the season serving a 30-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

“Obviously, we are aware of the circumstances surrounding Aroldis Chapman’s suspension earlier this season,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts in a statement. “We are also aware that he cooperated fully with the league investigation and takes responsibility for his actions.”

Chapman has gone 22-20 with 166 saves and a 2.16 ERA (84 ER/350.1 IP) in 355 career appearances covering seven seasons with Cincinnati (2010-15) and New York (2016). The four-time NL All-Star (2012-15) has exceeded 30 saves in each of the last four seasons, while his career 89.7 save percentage ranks second among all active pitchers with at least 175 opportunities.

Overall in his career, Chapman has pitched to a 1.00 WHIP, limiting opponents to a .157 batting average, a .265 on-base percentage and a .232 slugging percentage, good for a .497 opponent OPS, the second lowest career opponent OPS of any active relief pitcher. He has limited left-handed hitters to a .123 batting average and right-handers to a .168 mark. He has struck out 590 batters in 350.1 innings pitched for an average of 15.2 strikeouts per nine innings, the best ratio of any active relief pitcher.

Torres, 19, is batting .275 (98 for 356) with 23 doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI in 94 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach this season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.

Warren, 28, went 3-2 with a 5.91 ERA (23 ER/35 IP) in 29 appearances, all but one in relief, with the Cubs this season. He was acquired by the Cubs from the Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro last Dec. 8.

McKinney, 21, is batting .252 (75 for 298) with 12 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI in 88 games with Double-A Tennessee this season. He was acquired by the Cubs with infielder Addison Russell, right-hander Dan Straily and cash from Oakland for right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on July 5, 2014.

Crawford, 22, is batting .255 (84 for 329) with 18 doubles, three home runs and 30 RBI in 83 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2012 Draft.