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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 active RHP Grimm; recall OF Szczur


Justin Grimm returns to the Cubs after a stint on the DL. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm off the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. Outfielder Junior Lake has been optioned to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro has been designated for assignment.

The 26-year-old Grimm returns to the Cubs after landing on the disabled list on April 10 with right forearm inflammation. He made one rehab appearance as part of his return, tossing a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts on Monday for Iowa. Grimm made Chicago’s Opening Day roster for the second season in a row, but has yet to make his 2015 debut.

The right-hander went 5-2 with 11 holds and a 3.78 ERA (29 ER/69.0 IP) in 73 relief appearances last year with the Cubs, his first full season in the majors. Grimm tied for ninth in the National League in appearances while striking out 70 batters and walking only 27 in 69.0 innings. Overall, he stranded 25 of 30 inherited runners last year and posted a 2.60 ERA in 29 games following the All-Star break.

Grimm joined the Cubs as part of the five-player deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Rangers on July 22, 2013. He was the American League Rookie of the Month with Texas in April 2013, and posted a 2.00 ERA (2 ER/9.0 IP) in 10 relief appearances with the Cubs following the trade that summer.

Szczur, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster and batted .200 (2-for-10) with one double and one RBI in eight games before being optioned to Iowa on April 19. With Iowa, Szczur has batted .262 (11-for-42) with two homers, a triple and seven RBI in 11 games this season.

The outfielder made his major league debut with the Cubs last August and batted .226 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 33 games. Szczur has played 14 games in left field, nine games in center field and 13 games in right field during his big league career. Overall, he has batted .222 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 41 career major league games.

Lake, 25, is hitting .286 (4-for-14) with one double and one RBI in four games with the Cubs this season. He is batting .289 (13-for-45) with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this year.

Varvaro, 30, was claimed off waivers from Boston on Sunday and was added to the 25-man roster yesterday. He did not appear in Tuesday’s game. He was traded to the Red Sox on Dec. 17, 2014, and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA in nine relief appearances this season before being designated for assignment on April 29.

Cubs recall OF Lake; option RHP Schlitter to Iowa


The Chicago Cubs today recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter to Triple-A.

Lake will be available for the Cubs tonight in their series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 25-year-old Lake has played parts of the last two seasons with the Cubs and is a career .243 (132-for-544) hitter with 26 doubles, 15 home runs and 41 RBI in 172 games. He has played 85 games in left field, 63 games in center field and one game in right field.

Lake is batting .289 with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games with Iowa this season. He hit .319 with one homer and nine RBI in 22 Cactus League games with the Cubs this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Lake broke into the big leagues with the Cubs shortly after the All-Star break in 2013 and batted .284 with 16 doubles, six homers and 16 RBI in 64 games the rest of the way.  He was a member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster in 2014 and batted .211 with 10 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 25 RBI in 108 games last year. He also hit .262 in 14 games with Iowa last year.

Schlitter, 29, is 0-2 with a 9.53 ERA (6 ER/5.2 IP) in seven relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Cubs reduce spring roster to 32 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned three players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 35 to 32 players.

Three players have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa: right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake.

Chicago’s spring roster of 32 players consists of 16 pitchers, four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and six outfielders.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/21/15

Junior Lake recorded a home run for his Dominican squad in an otherwise quiet day for Cubs representatives around the Caribbean Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action:

Dominican Republic

  • CF Junior Lake provided all the offense for the Estrellas de Oriente in their 5-1 loss to the Gigantes del Cibao. Lake hit his second home run of the postseason in the fifth inning, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk. His team reached base only two other times as the Estrellas now trail 3-2 in the best-of-nine championship series.

Puerto Rico

  • SS Javier Baez went 0-for-5 with a walk, though his Cangrejeros de Santurce squad topped the Indios de Mayaguez to tie the best-of-nine championship series 1-1.


  • 1B Willson Contreras couldn’t repeat his solid Tuesday, going 0-for-4 on Wednesday, but his Tigres de Aragua topped the Aguilas del Zulia. The Tigres have been mathematically eliminated from advancing to the championship round.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/20/15

Willson Contreras came up big as a pinch-hitter to help his team earn a victory Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:


  • PH-1B Willson Contreras replaced Wilson Ramos and recorded two hits, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning, to boost the Tigres de Aragua to a win over the Tiburones de La Guaira in the round robin portion of the Venezuelan postseason. However, with just two games remaining, the Tigres have been eliminated from postseason play. The top two teams advance to the final, and Aragua can finish no better than third.

Puerto Rico

  • SS Javier Baez went 0-for-4 as the Cangrejeros de Santurce fell to the Indios de Mayaguez in the first game of Puerto Rico’s championship series.

Dominican Republic

  • CF Junior Lake finished 0-for-4 in the Estrellas de Oriente’s 5-3 loss to the Gigantes del Cibao. The best-of-nine championship series is now tied at two games apiece.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/13/15

It was a quiet day Tuesday in the Caribbean, as only the Dominican League was in action. Both Frank Batista and Junior Lake had solid performances in their respective team’s victories. Here are some notes from yesterday’s games in the Dominican:

Dominican Republic

  • RHP Frank Batista surrendered one run in 3.1 innings to pick up his first postseason victory in the Aguilas Cibaenas’ win over the Toros del Este. He struck out four as the Aguilas improved to 6-8 in the playoffs.
  • CF Junior Lake finished with two hits, including a double, as the Estrellas de Oriente defeated the Gigantes del Cibao Tuesday. Lake went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the second-place Estrellas picked up a game on the postseason-leading Gigantes in the Dominican playoffs.


Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/11/15

Javier Baez had a nice day at the plate, and Junior Lake drove in a run in playoff action Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Puerto Rico

  • SS Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with two walks despite his Cangrejeros de Santurce falling to the Gigantes de Carolina in postseason play. He added two runs scored as Santurce lost its second game of the postseason.

Dominican Republic

  • CF Junior Lake had a hit and drove in a run as his Estrellas de Oriente picked up the win. He finished 1-for-5, and the Estrellas improved to 7-6 in postseason play.


  • LHP Joseph Ortiz retired the lone batter he faced as the Tiburones de La Guaira secured a victory against the Aguilas del Zulia in postseason round robin play. La Guaira sits at 3-4 and 2.5 games out of first place.


  • 3B Christian Villanueva finished 0-for-3 with a walk in the Yaquis de Obregon’s loss to the Charros de Jalisco in Game One of the league semifinals.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/8/15

Junior Lake hit his first home run of the playoffs, and Christian Villanueva reached base on a double in Thursday’s postseason play. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean.

Dominican Republic

  • LF Junior Lake hit a second-inning home run to give the Estrellas de Oriente its first run of the game in a 3-2 loss to the Toros del Este. He finished 1-for-4 as the Estrellas slipped to 4-6 in the postseason.


  • 3B Christian Villanueva finished 1-3 with a double, but it was not enough as the Yaquis de Obregon were blanked by the Aguilas de Mexicali, who forced a Game Seven in the first round of playoff action.


  • 3B Jonathan Herrera went 0-for-3 with a walk but scored the Navegantes del Magallanes’ lone run in a 3-1 loss to the Tigres de Aragua. Magallanes sits in the middle of the round robin postseason standings with a 3-2 record.

Cubs Winter League Recap: 1/7/15

Junior Lake reached base twice in Dominican postseason play, and Frank Batista pitched a scoreless inning of relief Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action around the Caribbean:

Dominican Republic

  • LF-CF Junior Lake went 1-for-4 with a walk as his Estrellas de Oriente club dipped below .500 with a loss to the Aguilas Cibaenas.
  • RHP Frank Batista pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Cibaenas. He walked a batter and gave up a hit in the effort. The Aguilas improve to 4-5 and sit three games back in the round robin postseason format.


  • LHP Joseph Ortiz recorded an out and was awarded a hold as the Tiburones de La Guaira held off the Aguilas del Zulia 2-1. It marks La Guaira’s first win of a young postseason.

Puerto Rico

  • 2B Javier Baez went 0-for-4 for the Cangrejeros de Santurce in a 1-0 loss to the Gigantes de Carolina. It marks Santurce’s first loss of the postseason, dropping their playoff record to 4-1.