From the Wire … Fujikawa Activated, Dolis Optioned to Triple-A and Loe Released

As expected, the Cubs activated Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day DL on Friday and optioned RHP Rafael Dolis down to Triple-A Iowa. Fujikawa has been on the DL since April 13 with a strained right forearm. Fujikawa reportedly felt no pain after his second rehab appearance on Wednesday with the Smokies.

Rafael Dolis was recalled on Monday from Triple-A Iowa after the Cubs designated Kameron Loe for assignment.

Kameron Loe elected to become a free agent instead of accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa and was granted his release. The Cubs claimed Loe off waivers from the Mariners on April 15.

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  • paulcatanese

    The move was waiting to happen, Loe was not designed to be with the Cubs for very long, but would have stuck if he pitched well, he just didn’t.
    Really have no idea how long Dolis will stay with the Cubs organization, as he as yet to be what they think is the answer.
    I also have my doubts about Fujikawa, I expected more than what I have seen so far.

    • BosephHeyden

      He’s never going to be the answer, unless the question is “Can you name a Cubs pitcher that might have been decent before the Cubs decided to start calling him up and sending him down repeatedly?”

      • SuzyS


        • Brp921

          I agree Suzy. Samardziga was handled wrong. He should have been kept in the minor leagues as a starting pitcher until he proved he wasn’t or until he was ready to be a major league starting pitcher. It goes back to Jim Hendry feeling the pressure to put a pennant winning team on the field. I hope he can recover.

          • Shawon O’Meter

            No the Samardzjia thing goes back to the contract he and his agent negotiated and Hendry agreed to that forced him to be moved quickly as he was guaranteed a roster spot. His contract determined his placement not his development.

          • Brp921

            That’s one of the things that’s wrong in professional baseball today. It just doesn’t make sense to rush a player and move him up before he’s ready or move him around because of the money he’s making. It especially doesn’t make sense to do something detrimental to a player whom due to a large contract you are required to pay millions of dollars to whether he makes it or not. So I would disagree that it is anyones fault than the team who gives out the contract if the player is developed badly. Whether you give them more to make them willing to sign in no way should affect the way they are developed.

  • redlarczykg

    With all the ragging on Castro’s fielding issues (6 errors), take note that Baez leads the Florida State League SS in errors with 14.

    • paulcatanese

      Yeah, well there both a couple of gems with the glove:)
      If all plays out as I think it will, I would expect Soler to join the Cubs before Baez, no particular rhyme or reason, just a gut feeling

      as fielding would be easier for an outfielder

      Castro needs to start stepping towards the next level, not that he is not doing well, but he was extended with his contract for a decent amount of money with the expectation that he would be more than he is right now, so that needs to start to happen.

      His contract is not so high that another club would not take him in a trade, but then again I don’t think that was in the Cubs thinking when they extended him, they want him here, therefore he must start to improve over what he’s doing now, I suspect the fielding is secondary to what they what they want him to do with the bat.