From the Wire … Cubs Option Boscan to Iowa, Call-Up McDonald, Transfer Neal to 60-Day DL

According to multiple reports, the Cubs roster shuffle continued on Saturday afternoon. The Cubs made three more roster moves and optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the active roster for OF Darnell McDonald.

The Cubs selected the contract of OF Darnell McDonald from Triple-A Iowa and added him to the 40-man roster. The Cubs transferred OF Thomas Neal to the 60-Day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster for Darnell McDonald.

Dioner Navarro has rejoined the team in St. Louis and will not be placed on the DL.

The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players.

The seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia proved to be very costly for two players. The Cubs transferred outfielder Thomas Neal to the 60-day DL with a dislocated right shoulder and ended his season. Neal played in two games for the Cubs after they claimed him off waivers from the Yankees on Monday, August 5.

The Cubs optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Boscan was added to the 40-man roster prior to Thursday’s game after Dioner Navarro injured his right ankle blocking home plate during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game. The Cubs placed Matt Guerrier on the 60-day DL at the time to make room on the 40-man for Boscan.

J.C. Boscan did not play in either the finale on Thursday in Philadelphia or in the opener in St. Louis on Friday night.

Darnell McDonald caught up with the team in St. Louis on Friday in case they needed to place Navarro on the DL. McDonald has been added to the 40-man roster and the active roster for Saturday night’s game against the Cardinals.

McDonald signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in the off-season that included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. McDonald has been with Triple-A Iowa this season where he has hit .236/.307/.346 in 92 games with 13 doubles, two triples and four home runs. The 34-year old, right-handed veteran can play all three spots in the outfield.

Darnell McDonald’s Page on Baseball-Reference

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  • cubsin

    Are there any crappy RH-hitting OF’s who haven’t been on the Cubs’ roster yet this year?

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    I guess the versatility is what brings McDonald. Who would have been a sexier alternative? Szczur?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Szczur is not ready. He still needs at Triple-A before he should be called up. I would think maybe next Sept. To me this says that Dave Sappelt’s days are over and they needed another outfielder until Bogusevic is ready.