According to a report from the Tribune late Sunday night, D.J. LeMahieu will be called up on Monday for the start of the Astros series. LeMahieu is expected to take Jeff Baker’s spot on the Cubs’ active roster, who is reportedly headed to the disabled list. The Cubs will have to make another move to create a spot for D.J. LeMahieu on the 40-man roster.
The call-up of LeMahieu will be the Cubs 26th roster move since May 11.
The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves Sunday morning, the most notable, transferring Andrew Cashner to the 60-day DL to make room on the 40-man roster for Brad Snyder. The Cubs selected the contract of Snyder from Triple-A Iowa and he will take Reed Johnson’s spot on the active roster … Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL with back spasms.
Andrew Cashner has been on the DL since April 8 (retroactive to April 6) with a right rotator cuff strain. Cashner recently suffered a setback and once he is able to resume baseball activities he will start the rehab process from the beginning. Jim Hendry recently said if Cashner is able to return this season he would likely pitch out of the pen and not as a starter.
Geovany Soto was activated from the 15-day DL and Welington Castillo was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
With the five roster moves on Sunday morning, the Cubs have seemingly made a roster move a day. Since May 11, the Cubs have made 25 roster moves and seven changes to the 40-man roster … and three more moves will be required on Monday to add D.J. LeMahieu to the active roster.
Reed Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL with lower back spasms. Johnson’s trip to the DL is retroactive to May 26. Johnson was expected to receive a bulk of the playing time in centerfield with Marlon Byrd on the shelf.
After spending a majority of Spring Training unable to complete for a spot on the Cubs roster (broken rib), Brad Snyder was sent to Iowa to begin the season … and he’s torn up Triple-A pitching. Snyder’s line in 38 games: .342/.374/.568/.943 with 10 doubles, a triple and seven home runs.
D.J. LeMahieu put together a very good line with the Smokies. In 50 games (187 at bats), LeMahieu was hitting .358/.386/.492/.878 with 15 doubles, two triples and two home runs. LeMahieu has played second base, third base and shortstop for Brian Harper this season.
D.J. LeMahieu will turn 23 on July 13.
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