The Cubs activated outfielder Jorge Soler off of the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. Soler will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
Soler, 23, was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 24 with a left oblique strain and saw action in four rehab games with Single-A Myrtle Beach as part of his return (3-for-13, .231, 2 2B, 3 BB, 2 R, 1 RBI). He is batting .265 with 18 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season.
Chicago’s active roster now stands at 35 players.
The Cubs Tuesday recalled infielder Javier Baez and left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa, activated catcher David Ross off the family medical emergency leave list and added outfielder Austin Jackson to the active roster. Additionally, the Cubs have selected the contracts of outfielder Quintin Berry (postgame last night) and right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill (today) from Triple-A.
To make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher James Russell was designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano was activated from the 15-day disabled list and designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40, and the active roster is at 30 players.
Berry will wear uniform No. 5, Cahill will wear uniform No. 53 and Jackson will wear uniform No. 27.
Baez, 22, batted .324 (91-for-281) with 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 61 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 70 games with Iowa this season. He turned in a .385 on-base percentage and .527 slugging percentage, good for a .912 OPS, and joins the Cubs riding a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his major league debut last season and batted .169 with six doubles, nine homers and 20 RBI in 52 games. He was Chicago’s first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2011 Draft.
Berry, 30, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the entire season with Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate, where he batted .228 with a .329 on-base percentage and 35 steals in 106 games. He has spent parts of three major league seasons with Detroit (2012), Boston (2013) and Baltimore (2014), batting .266 with a .337 on-base percentage in 117 games, and is a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen base attempts in the regular season and a perfect 5-for-5 in the postseason.
Cahill, 27, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and turned in five scoreless relief outings with Iowa, covering 7.2 innings. The right-hander broke into the big leagues with Oakland in 2009 and was an 18-game winner a season later, going 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA in 30 starts, earning AL All-Star honors along the way. Overall, Cahill won 10 or more games in four straight seasons (2009-12) and is 64-72 with one save and a 4.16 ERA in 201 major league outings (28 in relief) with Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012-14) and Atlanta (2015).
Jackson, 28, was acquired Monday from Seattle, where he batted .272 with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season. Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field.
Ross, 38, is batting .190 with one home run and seven RBI in 57 games with the Cubs this season. He owns a 2.73 catchers’ ERA in his 44 games (35 starts) behind the plate.
Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs after going 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA in seven starts earlier this season. With Iowa, Wada went 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA in 16 starts. He made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and has combined to go 5-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 20 major league starts over the last two years.
Russell, 29, went 0-2 with one save and a 5.29 ERA in 49 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.
Soriano, 35, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season.
The Cubs today acquired outfielder Austin Jackson and a cash consideration from the Seattle Mariners for international signing bonus slot No. 4 and a player to be named. To make room for Jackson on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt has been designated for assignment.
Jackson, 28, has batted .272 (114-for-419) with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI, 46 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 107 games this season with Seattle, and has hit .394 with five doubles, two home runs and 10 runs scored in his last 18 games. The right-handed hitter owns a .294 average against lefties and a .261 mark against right-handed pitchers. Jackson ranks sixth in the American League with 4.18 pitches per plate appearance.
Since making his major league debut with Detroit in 2010, Jackson has batted .273 with 163 doubles, 47 triples, 54 home runs and 286 RBI in 831 career games, all of which have come in center field. Among American League outfielders since 2010, Jackson ranks first in triples (47), second in runs scored (512), third in hits (908), seventh in doubles (163) and ninth in walks (293). He has appeared in at least 120 games in his first five seasons in the majors and is on pace to reach that mark again in 2015.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 203-pound Jackson was acquired by the Mariners from Detroit at the trade deadline last season, and appeared in a career-high 154 games between the two clubs. He batted .256 with 30 doubles and 20 steals, marking his third career season with 30 or more doubles and his third campaign with at least 20 steals.
Jackson made his debut in 2010 with Detroit and led all American League rookies with 103 runs scored, 181 hits, 48 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases. In 2012, he batted .300 in 137 games, setting career marks in RBI (66) and walks (67). Jackson appeared in 35 career postseason games with the Tigers, batting .233 with 10 extra-base hits across three playoff appearances from 2011-13.
A native of Denton, Texas, Jackson was originally selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2005 June draft. He spent his first five seasons in the Yankees organization, appearing at all three outfield positions, before being traded to the Tigers on Dec. 9, 2009, along with Phil Coke and Ian Kennedy for Curtis Granderson.
Olt, 27, appeared in six games with Chicago before he landed on the disabled list with a hairline fracture of his right wrist, suffered April 11 in Colorado. Olt was acquired from Texas on July 22, 2013, in the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers, and last season hit .160 with 12 home runs in 89 games for the Cubs.
The Cubs placed outfielder Jorge Soler on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and placed right-handed pitcher Jason Motte on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain on Monday. Infielder Tommy La Stella and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Both La Stella and Rosscup will be available for the Cubs this afternoon for the club’s make-up game against the Indians at Wrigley Field.
La Stella, 26, was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster but was placed on the disabled list on April 14 with a right oblique strain first suffered on April 10 and re-aggravated in May. He saw action in two games with the Cubs prior to his initial injury, going 1-for-6 (.167). He batted .250 (9-for-36) with three doubles and three RBI in 10 games covering a pair of rehab assignments with Double-A Tennessee before being activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 11, where he has hit .333 (11-for-33) with one homer and six RBI in nine games.
The left-handed hitter was acquired from Atlanta for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino last Nov. 16. La Stella made his major league debut with the Braves last season and led National League rookies with 36 walks and a .328 on-base percentage (min. 300 plate appearances). In 93 games, he hit .251 (80-for-319) with 16 doubles, one home run and 31 RBI, and compiled a .984 fielding percentage (6 E/368 TC) in 88 games at second base.
Rosscup, 27, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA (11 ER/23.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Iowa on Aug. 14. With the Cubs, Rosscup has struck out 25 batters in 23.0 innings while limiting foes to a .241 batting average, including a .111 average (3-for-27) and .384 OPS by left-handed hitters.
With Iowa this year, Rosscup has posted no record with a 7.36 ERA in eight relief outings, fanning 13 hitters in 7.1 innings pitched. A season ago, Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. Overall, Rosscup is 3-1 with a 5.44 ERA in 54 relief appearances with the Cubs covering the last three seasons (2013-15).
Soler, 23, is batting .265 (91-for-343) with 18 doubles, seven home runs and 42 RBI in 90 games with the Cubs this season. This marks his second stint on the disabled list, as he was sidelined from June 3-July 5 with a sprained left ankle.
Motte, 34, is 8-1 with nine holds, six saves and a 3.91 ERA (21 ER/48.1 IP) in 57 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.