The Chicago Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa Monday. To make room for Peralta on Chicago’s 25-man roster, left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion was optioned to Triple-A Iowa following yesterday’s game. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40.
Peralta, who will wear uniform No. 62, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they open their three-game series in Cincinnati.
The 40-year-old Peralta signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on June 13 after beginning the season with the Seattle Mariners, where he went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (14 ER/23.1 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on June 2. With Seattle, Peralta limited left-handed hitters to a .209 batting average (9 for 43) and a .261 on-base percentage. With Iowa, Peralta posted no record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA (2 ER/4 IP) in five relief appearances, limiting all foes to a .176 batting average against.
Peralta has pitched 12 major leagues seasons and posted a 20-34 record with 169 holds, 15 saves and a 4.00 ERA (286 ER/644.0 IP) in 615 appearances, all in relief, with the Los Angeles Angels (2005), Kansas City (2006-08), Colorado (2009), Washington (2010), Tampa Bay (2011-14), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Seattle (2016). He has limited all opponents to a .232 batting average, including a .225 batting average by lefties and a .238 average by righties.
The right-hander arguably turned in his best big league seasons during his time with Tampa Bay, totaling 97 holds in a three-season span from 2011-13, including a major-league best 37 holds in 2012 and a career-high, major-league leading 41 holds in 2013. Overall, Peralta posted a 3.58 ERA (107 ER/269.1 IP), struck out 293 batters in 269.1 innings and limited left-handed hitters to a .187 batting average (99 for 530) during those four seasons pitching for Tampa Bay in the American League East.
Concepcion, 24, has no record and a 3.86 ERA (1 ER/2.1 IP) in three relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has combined to go 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA (5 ER/35 IP) in 22 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this year.
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The Cubs today placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 19) and recalled right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. from Triple-A Iowa.
Edwards, who will wear uniform No. 6, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they open their three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
The 24-year-old Edwards joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he served as the club’s 26th man for a doubleheader on May 11 vs. San Diego (he did not appear in a game). Edwards made his major-league debut for the Cubs last season, posting no record with a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in five relief appearances. He is 1-1 with one save and a 4.26 ERA (12 ER/25.1 IP) in 24 relief appearances with Iowa this season, limiting opponents to a .185 batting average while striking out 35 batters in 25.1 innings, an average of 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
Edwards began the 2015 campaign with Tennessee and turned in a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) in 13 relief appearances to earn his first promotion to Triple-A in late May. He was named to the U.S. Team in the 2015 Futures Game (0.2 scoreless innings pitched) before capping his Triple-A campaign with a 3-1 record, two saves and a 2.84 ERA (10 ER/31.2 IP) in 23 relief outings.
The right-hander joined the Cubs with right-handed pitchers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez and infielder Mike Olt in the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to Texas in 2013. Edwards is 20-11 with seven saves and a 2.21 ERA (78 ER/317.2 IP) in 110 career appearances, 49 as a starter, in five pro seasons. He has struck out 404 batters in 317.2 innings pitched, nearly 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
Fowler, 30, is batting .290 (69 for 238) with 19 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games for the Cubs this season.
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The Cubs officially recalled catcher Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa Friday. Catcher Tim Federowicz has been designated for assignment.
Contreras, who will wear uniform No. 40, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
The 24-year-old joins the first major-league roster of his career after batting .350 (71 for 203) with 16 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 43 RBI in 54 games with Iowa. He has turned in a .439 on-base percentage and .591 slugging percentage, good for a 1.030 OPS. Among Pacific Coast League leaders, Contreras ranks third in on-base percentage and OPS and fifth in batting average and slugging. The right-handed hitter joins the Cubs riding a 20-game hitting streak, during which he posted a .383 (31 for 81) batting average.
Contreras was named Chicago’s 2015 Minor League Player of the Year after winning the Southern League batting title with Double-A Tennessee. Contreras batted .333 (151 for 454) with 34 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 75 RBI in 126 games during his first-ever stop at Double-A. He was named to both the midseason and postseason Southern League All-Star teams, as he ranked second in the league in doubles, RBI and on-base percentage (.413), and third with a .478 slugging percentage. Later in the year, he was named an Arizona Fall League All-Star.
The 6-foot-1, 212-pound backstop went to major-league Spring Training this year with the Cubs for the first time in his career. Heading into 2016, he was named the No. 1 catching prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, who also listed him as the 51st-best prospect overall. Baseball America named Contreras as the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization.
Contreras originally signed with Chicago as a non-drafted minor-league free agent on July 2, 2009, out of Venezuela. He was primarily an infielder with some outfield exposure for the first three years of his pro career before catching 39 games for Single-A Boise in 2012, one of six positions he played that season. He has caught more than 70 games in every season since and was utilized exclusively at catcher with Iowa this season.
In eight minor-league seasons, Contreras has batted .283 (536-for-1,895) with 97 doubles, 22 triples, 39 homers and 282 RBI in 516 career games.
Federowicz, 28, is batting .192 (5 for 26) with two RBI in 13 games for the Cubs this season.
The Chicago Cubs today added outfielder Chris Coghlan to the 25-man roster and placed infielder Tommy La Stella on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 8) with a right hamstring strain.
Coghlan, who will wear uniform No. 8, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin their three-game series in Atlanta.
The 30-year-old Coghlan was acquired yesterday from Oakland for infielder Arismendy Alcantara. He rejoins the Cubs 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.
Coghlan this season appeared in 51 games, including 46 starts, with the Athletics, batting .146 (23-for-158) with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBI. He has made just one error in 130 chances in the field (.992), making 16 starts at second base, 15 starts at third base, 11 starts in right field and two starts in left field.
La Stella, 27, is batting .291 (23-for-79) with eight doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 38 games for the Cubs this season.
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The Chicago Cubs today acquired outfielder Chris Coghlan from the Oakland Athletics for infielder Arismendy Alcantara.
Coghlan, 30, rejoins the Cubs after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with Chicago. He batted .265 (219 for 825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games for the Cubs, and last season 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.
Coghlan this season appeared in 51 games, including 46 starts, with the Athletics, batting .146 (23 for 158) with five doubles, five homers and 14 RBI. He has made just one error in 130 chances in the field (.992), making 16 starts at second base, 15 starts at third base, 11 starts in right field and two starts in left field.
The left-handed hitting Coghlan has batted .260 (625 for 2,402) with 140 doubles, 24 triples, 51 homers and 213 RBI in eight major-league seasons with the Marlins (2009-13), Cubs (2014-15) and Athletics (2016). He was originally drafted by the Marlins in the first compensation round of the 2006 Draft. In 2009, he was named NL Rookie of the Year, as he batted .321 (162 for 504) with 31 doubles, nine homers and 47 RBI in 128 games played. After five seasons with the Marlins, he signed as a minor-league free agent with the Cubs in January 2014.
Alcantara, 24, is batting .264 (52 for 197) with nine doubles, five triples, five homers, 21 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 53 games with Triple-A Iowa this season, his eighth professional campaign. Signed by Chicago as a non-drafted free agent in November 2008, he appeared in parts of two major-league seasons with the Cubs from 2014-15, batting .194 (59 for 304) with 11 doubles, two triples and 10 homers in 81 games.
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The Cubs today placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain and selected the contract of Albert Almora Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Almora, who will wear No. 5, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-old was selected by the Cubs in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Mater Academy Charter High School in Hialeah Gardens, Florida. In five pro seasons with the Cubs, Almora has batted .292 (442 for 1,516) with 94 doubles, 16 triples, 23 home runs and 178 RBI in 379 minor-league contests.
Almora began the 2016 campaign by reaching the Triple-A level for the first time in his career and has batted .318 (68 for 214) with 12 doubles, three triples and three home runs in 54 games. His 10 stolen bases already represent the most he has recorded in a single season, while his .335 on-base percentage and .444 slugging percentage are his best marks since playing in Low-A ball three years ago.
The right-handed batter and thrower spent his first full season with Double-A Tennessee last year, batting .272 (110-for-405) with 26 doubles, four triples, six homers and 46 RBI in 106 games.
Soler, 24, is batting .223 (29 for 130) with five doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in 50 games for the Cubs this season.
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The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Joe Nathan have agreed to terms on a 2016 major-league contract.
Nathan has been placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery that took place in April 2015.
Nathan, 41, is a six-time All-Star who has earned 377 saves, eighth most in major-league history, during his 15 seasons with San Francisco (1999-2000, 2002-03), Minnesota (2004-09, 2011), Texas (2012-13) and Detroit (2014-15). He surpassed 30 saves in nine of 10 seasons from 2004-14, including four seasons with more than 40 saves, and recorded 35 saves with Detroit in 2014, his last full big-league campaign. He made only one appearance with the Tigers last year before enduring his elbow injury in April and missing the rest of the season.
Overall, the right-hander is 62-34 with 377 saves and a 2.89 ERA (294 ER/917 IP) in 777 major-league appearances, all but 29 in relief.
The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the bereavement list and recalled right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa.
Patton, who will wear uniform number 40, will be available for the Cubs Thursday as they begin their four-game series against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.
The 28-year-old Patton has turned in 10 scoreless appearances covering 10.0 innings this season with Iowa, posting no record with four saves in as many chances. He has walked only four hitters while striking out 17, good for an average of 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton has limited opponents to a .147 batting average and a 0.90 WHIP.
Patton broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big-league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. He was acquired by the Cubs from Texas last November. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA (25 ER/33.1 IP) in 36 major league relief outings, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.
The right-hander is a native of Urbana, Ill., and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 Draft out of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for right-hander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.
Ramirez, 26, has no record and a 4.50 ERA (3 ER/6.0 IP) in six relief appearances with the Cubs this season.
The Cubs today placed outfielder Matt Szczur on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain and selected the contract of outfielder Ryan Kalish from Triple-A Iowa. To make room for Kalish on the 40-man roster, infielder Christian Villanueva was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Kalish, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they continue their three-game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 28-year-old Kalish returns to the Cubs after spending part of the 2014 campaign with the club. He batted .248 (30-for-121) with four doubles and four triples in 57 games that year, his most recent big-league action. He did not play during the 2015 season and signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs in March.
Kalish joins the Cubs after batting .368 (21-for-57) with four doubles and two triples in 20 games with Iowa. He posted a .471 on-base percentage and a .509 slugging percentage, good for a .980 OPS.
The left-handed batter and thrower was originally selected by the Boston Red Sox in the ninth round of the 2006 draft and made his big-league debut in 2010. In 146 big-league games with the Red Sox (2010, 2012) and Cubs (2014), Kalish is a career .245 hitter (93-for-380) with 18 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 34 RBI.
Szczur, 26, is batting .367 (11-for-30) with nine runs scored, one double, two homers and 10 RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.
Cubs at Angels — Angel Stadium
First Pitch: 9:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Angels Starter: Andrew Heaney, LHP
TV: CSN+; Radio: 670 The Score
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
6. Jorge Soler, DH
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Matt Szczur, LF
9. David Ross, C