Cubs to Call-Up Junior Lake, Place Brian Bogusevic on the DL

According to multiple reports, the Cubs will call up IF/OF Junior Lake prior to Friday’s game in Denver and place Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring injury.

After starting the season on the DL with a stress fracture in the top right rib on his right side, Junior Lake has played both third base and right field over 40 games with the Iowa Cubs. Lake is hitting .295/.341/.462/.803 with ten doubles, two triples and four home runs. Lake has also swiped 14 bags in 19 tries.

Junior Lake is on the Cubs’ 40-man roster so the Cubs will not have to make another move before Lake is called up to make his big league debut.

Junior Lake’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Brian Bogusevic missed time with a tight left hamstring before returning to the starting lineup during the Cardinals’ series. Bogusevic aggravated his hamstring during Sunday night’s game and was lifted for pinch-hitter Cole Gillespie in the eighth inning. Bogusevic was hitting .261/.277/.326/.603 in 13 games for the Cubs with three doubles.

Julio Borbon should see the bulk of playing time in centerfield with Bogusevic on the shelf until David DeJesus is ready to return from the DL.

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  • Steve Baier

    I hope they find a way to get Lake some at-bats.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, cause it makes 0 sense to bring these guys up to sit. Although he can learn some things from the bench, the stage he is at in his development, he needs to play.

    • Neil

      Hoyer said Lake will play against lefties, which will give him quite a bit of playing time on this trip. Hoyer did not say whether he would be in right or at third but I would think in right as a platoon partner with Schierholtz.

      The team is looking at this as a way for Lake to get his feet wet. They feel he still needs more development time in Triple-A. It sounds like Lake will remain with the team until DeJesus returns.

  • cubtex

    Bogusevic seem to be fragile. I would like to see Lake get a full shot at 3rd. I heard some talk about the Braves having some interest in Russell and possibly Valbuena. Would love to see Valbuena moved and let Lake play the 2nd half.

    • GaryLeeT

      Anything that helps the “bright future” to be more tangible sooner, rather than later, is a good thing..

  • raymondrobertkoenig

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  • 07GreyDigger

    Keith Law said that Barney is considered a “placeholder” at 2B. So its fathomable, as this site’s Tom said that Barney could be traded with Valbuena sliding to 2B and Lake at 3B.

    • TheWrongGuy

      The move of Lake is a roster move as 3 of the CUBS outfielders are injured. Lake is a super utility guy if he stays in the SHOW. He can play almost all positions except catcher. He is very very valuable. I won’t read into this move anymore than that.

      • Tom U

        Thanks GreyDigger. And you are right WrongGuy. Nothing should be read into this at this time. The only other internal options the Cubs had were Darnell McDonald and Ty Wright. Bringing in Lake at this time makes sense.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I think this is bad news for Mr. Bogusevic, and bad news for me as well, as I will have to watch Mr. Julio Borbon.

    But this is great news for Jr. Lake, and probably good news for the Cubs.

    • paulcatanese

      Yes it’s kind of bad news for me as well. Spent the first five years of married life in Oak Lawn,
      the home town of Bogusevic, and had a little special interest in watching him play.
      And agree, Lake may be ok for the Cubs.

  • Denver Mike

    I hope he sees some action this weekend as I’ll definitely be at the Friday and Saturday games, possibly Sunday as well if the Cubs performance hasn’t driven me away by then!

    • Neil

      Lake should start on Friday with De La Rosa on the hill for the Rockies.

  • J Daniel

    Glad to see that Lake is up. It is my hope that he plays well enough they can’t send him down and the prospect parade is started.

  • jtrain23

    I want to digest the rest of this article, but I’m currently having trouble trying to process the idea of watching Julio Borbon getting the majority of the time at any position.

    That being said, this is kind of exciting, and I hope we get to see a lot of Lake in August. He seems to be a versatile, super athletic guy with a lot of flexibility and upside.

    • paulcatanese

      I applaud you’re digestive system, and agree.

    • 07GreyDigger

      It may be out of necessity, but I’m sort of glad they’re giving Borbon an extended shot. It be nice to see what he has. If he’s more than a 5/6 OF and if he can be the speed guy every roster needs.

      • jtrain23

        I don’t know that extended time will fix the problems with him. I’ve watched on tv all year and watched him live last weekend and my instincts just don’t like what I see. I could be wrong though. It has happened before. (Once…..or twice)