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Cubs activate C Montero; Option OF Szczur to Iowa

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The Cubs activated catcher Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Montero will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the Giants at Wrigley Field.

The 32-year-old Montero has been on the disabled list recovering from a left thumb sprain suffered on July 11. He batted .188 (3-for-16) during a four-game rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee, including hitting a grand slam last night vs. Birmingham.

Montero joined the Cubs this past offseason in a trade with Arizona and is batting .230 (50-for-217) with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 73 games with Chicago this season. He has a .337 on-base percentage, 107 points higher than his batting average, and a .392 slugging percentage, good for a .729 OPS.

Szczur, 26, is batting .217 (13-for-60) with four doubles, one homer and eight RBI in 35 games with the Cubs this season. He has batted .295 (66-for-224) with 10 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 26 RBI in 58 games with Iowa this year.

Cubs acquire RHP Hunter from Baltimore; DFA RHP Rowen

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The Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter from the Baltimore Orioles for outfielder Junior Lake on Friday. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen has been designated for assignment.

Hunter, 29, has pitched all or part of eight major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2008-11) and Baltimore (2011-15). Since moving into a full-time bullpen role with Baltimore in the 2013 season, Hunter has gone 11-9 with 39 holds, 15 saves and a 3.05 ERA (65 ER/191.2 IP) in 167 relief outings the last three years, limiting opponents to a .276 on-base percentage and .357 slugging percentage for only a .633 opponents OPS. He has walked only 37 batters in 191.2 innings and posted a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) in 21 outings against the National League the last three years.

The right-hander saw 75 of his first 98 major league outings come as a starting pitcher through the 2012 campaign before moving to the bullpen and tying for 10th in the league with 21 holds while posting a 2.81 ERA (27 ER/86.1 IP) and a 0.98 WHIP in a career-high 68 outings in 2013. Hunter saw time as Baltimore’s closer last year and recorded 11 saves to go along with 12 holds and a 2.97 ERA (20 ER/60.2 IP) in 60 appearances. He is 2-2 with six holds and a 3.63 ERA (18 ER/44.2 IP) in 39 appearances for the Orioles this season.

Hunter is 44-33 with 15 saves and a 4.28 ERA (314 ER/661.0 IP) in 265 major league outings, 190 of which have come in relief. He broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2008 at the age of 22 and made all but one of his first 45 major league outings as a starter through 2010, going 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (53 ER/128.0 IP) in 2010 before being traded to Baltimore with Chris Davis for Koji Uehara on July 30, 2011.  Hunter has reached the postseason three times with Texas (2010) and Baltimore (2012 and 2014).

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Hunter was selected by the Rangers in the supplemental first round (54th overall) of the 2007 Draft out of the University of Alabama. He is a native of Indianapolis.

Lake, 25, batted .224 (13-for-58) with one home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.  He broke into the big leagues with the Cubs in 2013 and has batted .241 (145-for-602) with 16 home runs and 46 RBI in 193 games over the last three seasons. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2007.

Rowen, 26, was selected from Triple-A Iowa this past Wednesday, but did not appear in a game for Chicago. He was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa since joining the Cubs on a minor league deal on July 4 of this season.

Cubs acquire RHP Haren from Marlins

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Dan Haren and a cash consideration from the Marlins for minor league right-handed pitcher Ivan Pineyro and minor league infielder Elliot Soto.

Haren, 34, is 149-129 with a 3.75 ERA (983 ER/2,361.1 IP) in 380 appearances (369 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07), Arizona (2008-10), the Angels (2010-12), Washington (2013), the Dodgers (2014) and Miami (2015). Among active pitchers, he ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts (1,965) and WHIP (1.18). He has seven top 10 finishes in his league in both strikeouts and innings pitched.

A three-time All-Star, Haren has reached 30 starts and double digits in victories while surpassing 175.0 innings pitched in each of the last 10 seasons starting in 2005, numbers that are within reach for an 11th straight campaign in 2015. Haren’s 350 starts since the beginning of the 2005 campaign are most in the majors, while his 143 victories in that span rank third.

Haren broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2003 at the age of 22 and joined Oakland as part of a four-player trade prior to the 2005 season. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2007 with Oakland when he went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA in 34 starts. He was also an All-Star with Arizona in 2008 and 2009.

Haren has gone 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (49 ER/129.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Marlins this season. He has issued only 25 walks in 129.0 innings pitched, an average of 1.74 walks per nine innings, the seventh-lowest average in the National League. Haren also has turned in a 1.09 WHIP, 10th lowest in the league, while limiting opponents to a .286 on-base percentage.

Pineyro, 23, was acquired by the Cubs from the Washington Nationals for outfielder Scott Hairston on July 8, 2013. The right-hander has gone 7-5 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Tennessee this season after going 0-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 11 starts with Tennessee last year.

Soto, 25, is batting .275 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 88 games with Tennessee this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 Draft. He combined to bat .244 with one home run and 23 RBI in 69 games between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season.

Cubs promote RHP Medina, RHP Rowen; place RHP Ramirez on DL, option RHP Beeler to Iowa

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with left abdominal soreness and optioned right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The club recalled right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen from Iowa. To make room for Rowen on the 40-man roster, infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Rowen, who will wear uniform No. 51, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Medina, 27, returns to the Cubs after being optioned to Iowa yesterday. He has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year. Medina has posted a 3.08 ERA in 146 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander, who was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he went 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA in 66 relief outings while ranking 12th in the league in holds.

Rowen, 26, joins the Cubs after combining to go 4-0 with one save and a 1.93 ERA (10 ER/46.2 IP) in 34 relief outings for three affiliates between the Orioles and Cubs organizations. He went to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee with the Dodgers before being acquired by Baltimore as part of a four-player deal on April 9. He went 2-0 with one save and a 2.28 ERA (7 ER/27.2 IP) in 20 appearances for Double-A Bowie and posted no record and a 2.79 ERA (3 ER/9.2 IP) in six outings for Triple-A Norfolk before being released and signing a minor league deal with the Cubs on July 4. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (9.1 IP) in eight appearances with Iowa.

Rowen was originally selected by Texas in the 22nd round of the 2010 Draft and made his big league debut with the Rangers last season, posting no record and a 4.15 ERA in eight relief outings. He spent the majority of the 2014 campaign with Triple-A Round Rock, going 3-0 with five saves and a 3.45 ERA.

Overall, Rowen has gone 25-5 with 41 saves and a 1.75 ERA in 211 minor league relief appearances covering the last six seasons. Rowen was a Carolina League All-Star in 2012 and the Rangers organization’s relief pitcher of the year after recording a league-leading 19 saves with Single-A Myrtle Beach. He also earned Texas League All-Star honors in 2013. He has allowed only seven homers and posted a 1.00 WHIP in 308.2 minor league innings.

Ramirez, 26, is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA (3 ER/8.2 IP) in 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28.

Beeler, 26, is 0-1 with a 9.72 ERA (9 ER/8.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs this season.

Baxter, 30, has batted .246 (14-for-57) with one double and two RBI in 34 games with the Cubs this season.

Cubs recall RHPs Beeler, Medina; DFA LHP Richard

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Dallas Beeler was recalled by the Cubs Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Yoervis Medina and Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday. Left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard has been designated for assignment.

Both Medina and Beeler, who will serve as the club’s 26th man today, will be available for the Cubs today, as Beeler will make the start in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader in Cincinnati.

Beeler, 26, joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he served as the 26th man on July 7 vs. St. Louis and recorded a no-decision after limiting the Cardinals to two runs on four hits in five innings in Chicago’s 5-3 victory. Beeler made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-2 in his two big league starts despite posting a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP).

Beeler is 2-5 with a 6.02 ERA (43 ER/64.1 IP) in 14 starts with Iowa this season, though he is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA (7 ER/31.1 IP) in his last six minor league starts. Beeler began the season on the major league 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and was activated and optioned to Triple-A on May 18. He has pitched six innings or more in four of his last six outings while allowing two earned runs or less in all six, including zero or one earned run in three starts. He has struck out 31 batters and walked only three in his last 31.1 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Beeler went 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA (47 ER/124.1 IP) with Iowa last year. He struck out 83 batters and walked only 32 in 124.1 innings pitched during his first-career season in Triple-A. Beeler is 23-29 with a 3.89 ERA (213 ER/492.2 IP) in 100 career minor league outings (92 starts).

Medina, 26, begins his second stint with the Cubs as he produced 5.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts in three relief appearances for Chicago, June 17-26. He was acquired from the Mariners for catcher Welington Castillo on May 19, and in two stints with Iowa has an 0-2 record with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings, striking out 21 and walking 12 in 18.2 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound right-hander has posted a 2.73 ERA (43 ER/142.0 IP) in 144 career relief appearances between the Mariners (2013-15) and Cubs (2015), turning in a 10-9 record with 43 holds and two saves. He has struck out 143 batters in 142.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .212 batting average, including a .227 mark vs. right-handed hitters and a .193 mark vs. left-handers. Medina has held opponents to a .320 on-base percentage and only a .319 slugging percentage, good for just a .639 opponents OPS.

Medina broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA (22 ER/68.0 IP) in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA (17 ER/57.0 IP) in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds. This year, Medina was 1-0 with three holds, one save and a 3.00 ERA (4 ER/12.0 IP) in 12 relief outings for Seattle prior to the trade.

Richard, 31, is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (9 ER/15.0 IP) in three appearances (two starts) with the Cubs this season. He was acquired from the Pirates on July 3 for a cash consideration.

Cubs promote RHP Soriano from Iowa; DFA RHP Jackson

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The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson has been designated for assignment.

Soriano, who will wear uniform number 29, will be available for the Cubs Monday when they begin their four-game series in Cincinnati.

The 35-year-old Soriano is 22-28 with 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA (200 ER/630.2 IP) in 585 big league appearances—all but eight in relief—covering 13 seasons with Seattle (2002-06), Atlanta (2007-09), Tampa Bay (2010), the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington (2013-14). Across the last three seasons, Soriano has combined to record 117 saves, an average of 39 per season, with a 9-5 record and 2.84 ERA (62 ER/196.1 IP) in 201 relief outings.

Soriano signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on June 9 and tossed seven scoreless appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. He struck out seven in 7.0 innings while limiting opponents to a .174 batting average.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander primarily served as a set-up man the first seven seasons of his major league career before saving 27 games for the Braves in 2009 and recording a career-high 45 saves for Joe Maddon’s Rays in 2010, his first of three seasons with more than 40 saves. He joined the Yankees in 2011 and recorded 23 holds as a set-up man to Mariano Rivera that season and saved 42 games for the Yankees in 2012. He notched 43 saves in 2013 and 32 saves last year with the Nationals.

Soriano went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA (22 ER/62.0 IP) in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals last season. He has turned in a 3.19 ERA or lower in 10 of his 13 seasons. Soriano is a native of San Jose, Dominican Republic.

Jackson, 31, went 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA (207 ER/347.0 IP) in 82 appearances, including 58 starts, with the Cubs since joining the club on a four-year deal prior to the 2013 campaign. He was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA (11 ER/31.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs recall Kyle Schwarber; place Miguel Montero on 15-day DL

Schwarber_GettyImages-477647284The Cubs today placed catcher Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 12) with a sprained left thumb and recalled catcher Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa. Schwarber will be available for the Cubs tonight against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

The 22-year-old Schwarber returns for his second stint with the Cubs this season. He batted .364 (8-for-22) with a triple, home run and six RBI during a six-game run from June 16-21. He made his big league debut as a defensive replacement on June 16 vs. Cleveland and made his first start on June 17 in Cleveland, going 4-for-5 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored as the designated hitter. He recorded his first big league home run the next night in Cleveland.

Following his big league stint, Schwarber was optioned to Iowa for his first stop at Triple-A and batted .333 (20-for-60) with seven doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and seven walks in 17 games. On Sunday in Cincinnati, Schwarber was named Most Valuable Player of the Futures Game after going 1-for-3 with a two-run triple as the starting catcher and three-hole hitter for the U.S. Team in their 10-1 victory vs. the World Team.

Schwarber was selected by the Cubs in the first round of the 2014 Draft (fourth overall) and has batted .333 with 35 doubles, 34 homers, 102 RBI, 88 walks and a 1.042 OPS in 147 minor league games. He began the season ranked the fourth-best prospect in the organization by Baseball America and was recently ranked the 15th-best prospect in all of baseball by ESPN.com.

The left-handed hitting Schwarber began the 2015 season with Tennessee, where he batted .320 with 10 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 58 games to earn Southern League All-Star honors. He turned in a .438 on-base percentage and a .579 slugging percentage, good for a 1.017 OPS, prior to his June 16 call-up to the majors.

Schwarber was drafted by the Cubs out of Indiana University, where he was a two-time First-Team All-American after batting .341 with 40 home runs and 149 RBI in 180 career games. He was named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award, given to the top Division One catcher in the nation, and was selected as the top catcher in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2013.

The 6-foot, 235-pound Schwarber played across three levels in the Cubs system last year, culminating with 44 games with Single-A Daytona. He hit above .300 at each level and collected three Player of the Week honors along the way. He finished third among Cubs minor leaguers with 18 home runs despite not making his season debut until June 13.

Montero, 32, is batting .230 (50-for-217) with five doubles, 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 73 games during his first season with the Cubs.

Cubs recall RHP Beeler

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The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.

Beeler, who will wear uniform number 32, will serve as the club’s 26th man today and will make the start in the second game of today’s doubleheader vs. the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 26-year-old Beeler is 1-5 with a 6.33 ERA (41 ER/58.1 IP) in 13 starts with Iowa this season, though he has posted no record and a 1.78 ERA (5 ER/25.1 IP) in his last five starts. Beeler began the season on the major league 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation and was activated and optioned to Triple-A on May 18. He has pitched six innings or more in three of his last five outings while allowing two earned runs or less in all five, including zero or one earned run in three starts. He has struck out 26 batters and walked only two in his last 25.1 innings.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Beeler made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-2 in his two big league starts despite posting a 3.27 ERA (4 ER/11.0 IP). With Triple-A Iowa last year, Beeler went 9-6 with a 3.40 ERA (47 ER/124.1 IP). He struck out 83 batters and walked only 32 in 124.1 innings pitched during his first-career season in Triple-A.

Beeler is in his sixth professional campaign since being selected by the Cubs in the 41st round of the 2010 Draft out of Oral Roberts University. Beeler reached Double-A Tennessee in his first full pro campaign in 2011 and made a career-high 27 starts for Tennessee in 2012 before being slowed by a sprained finger on his right hand in 2013, limiting him to only nine starts. Beeler is a career 22-29 with a 3.90 ERA (211 ER/486.2 IP) in 99 minor league outings (91 starts).

Cubs acquire pitching prospect, international slot money from Angels for C Rafael Lopez

The Cubs today acquired minor league left-handed pitching prospect Manny Rondon and international slot number four from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez.

Lopez, 27, was designated for assignment on June 27. He batted .276 (43-for-156) with eight doubles, one triple, no home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games with Iowa this season. Lopez made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and hit .182 (2-for-11) in seven games.

Rondon, 20, has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA (38 ER/116.1 IP) in 36 appearances (18 starts) covering three pro seasons in the Angels organization. He was a 2014 Dominican Summer League All-Star when he went 0-5 with a 2.30 ERA (17 ER/66.2 IP) in 14 starts. The 2015 season marks Rondon’s first in the United States, and he made just two starts with the Angels’ rookie league club in Arizona prior to today’s trade.

The left-hander is a native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela, and signed with the Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs sign second-round pick Dewees

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On Thursday, the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Donnie Dewees, the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) of the 2015 Draft.

Dewees, 21, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. The left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks compared to just 16 strikeouts, and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).

Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hitting streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

In 2014, Dewees hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pounder was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.

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