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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 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 officially activate C Ross, LHP Richard; place RHP Cahill on DL, option IF Kawasawki

The Chicago Cubs activated catcher David Ross off of the seven-day concussion disabled list and activated left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard off of the 15-day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Trevor Cahill has been placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to July 9) with patellar tendinitis in his right knee, and infielder Munenori Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. In addition, right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta has cleared waivers and elected free agency.

Both Ross and Richard will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Wrigley Field.

Ross, 39, was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on July 6. He is batting .234 (25 for 107) with six homers and 23 RBI in 43 games.  He leads the majors with a 2.65 catchers ERA.

Richard, 32, was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 21 with a blister on his left middle finger. He made four rehab starts as part of his return, combining to go 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. In the majors this season, Richard has gone 0-1 with one save and a 7.30 ERA (10 ER/12.1 IP) in 22 relief outings for the Cubs.

Cahill, 28, has gone 1-3 with a 3.07 ERA (14 ER/41 IP) in 33 relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Kawasaki, 35, is batting .267 (55 for 206) with nine doubles, one triple and 11 stolen bases in 62 games with Iowa this season. He has hit .333 (1 for 3) in three games during his pair of stints with the Cubs this season.

Peralta, 40, went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs.

Cubs activate IF La Stella from 15-day DL, recall RHP Warren; place C Ross on 7-day DL, DFA RHP Peralta

Warren(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs today activated infielder Tommy La Stella off of the 15-day disabled list and recalled right-handed pitcher Adam Warren from Triple-A Iowa. In corresponding roster moves, catcher David Ross has been placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list and right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta has been designated for assignment.

Both La Stella and Warren started for the Cubs on Wednesday as they concluded their three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

La Stella, 27, is batting .291 (23 for 79) with eight doubles, one triple, two homers and seven RBI in 38 games with the Cubs this season. He has a .378 on-base percentage and a .494 slugging percentage, good for an .872 OPS. La Stella was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 10 (retro to June 8) with a right hamstring strain. He batted .286 (6 for 21) with one homer and three RBI in a six-game rehab assignment with Iowa.

Warren, 28, is 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA (13 ER/25.2 IP) in 25 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He was optioned to Iowa on June 21 and has since made two starts in Triple-A: June 25 at Oklahoma City (3.2 IP) and June 30 at Round Rock (5 IP), posting no record with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER/8.2 IP). Warren has made 20 starts in his major league career, including 17 with the New York Yankees last season in which he went 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA (39 ER/96 IP).

Ross, 39, is batting .234 (25 for 107) with six homers and 23 RBI in 43 games. He leads the majors with a 2.65 catchers ERA (min. 40 games played).

Peralta, 40, went 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4 IP) in five relief outings with the Cubs.

Cubs add OF Coghlan to 25-man roster, place IF La Stella on 15-day DL

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.

Cubs call up OF Almora Jr., place OF Soler on 15-day DL

Almora (Photo by Stephen Green)

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.

Cubs place RHP Ramirez on bereavement list, recall RHP Patton from Iowa

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.

Cubs acquire LHP Giovanni Soto from Cleveland

The Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians for a cash consideration. Soto has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, catcher Kyle Schwarber has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Soto, 24, made his major-league debut with the Indians last season and turned in six scoreless relief appearances, covering 3.1 innings pitched. He limited opponents to a .231 batting average (3-for-13) and a .462 OPS, and tallied a 0.90 WHIP.

With Triple-A Columbus last year, Soto went 2-1 with two saves and a 2.68 ERA (16 ER/53.2 IP) in 46 appearances, all but one in relief.  He limited opponents to a .187 batting average and allowed only one home run while striking out 51 batters in 53.2 innings pitched.

Soto was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 Draft and was acquired by the Indians for Jhonny Peralta a year later. In seven minor-league seasons, Soto is 25-25 with four saves and a 3.10 ERA (160 ER/465.0 IP) in 167 minor-league appearances, including 64 starts.