From the Wire … Cubs Place Guerrier and Neal on the DL, Call-Up Sanchez and Boscan from Triple-A Iowa

According to multiple reports on Thursday morning, the Cubs have placed RHP Matt Guerrier on the 15-day DL with a sore right elbow. Guerrier was sent back to Chicago following Wednesday night’s game to have his elbow examined by team doctors because of soreness in the elbow that occurred during the seventh inning.

As expected, OF Thomas Neal was placed on the DL with a dislocated right shoulder.

The Cubs have recalled RHP Eduardo Sanchez and called up catcher J.C. Boscan from Iowa. The Cubs will have to open a spot on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players, for J.C. Boscan.

Updated 1:05pm CDTMatt Guerrier placed on the 60-day DL with a right elbow injury. Cubs selected contract of J.C. Boscan from Triple-A Iowa, added to the 40-man roster and activated.

The seventh inning of Wednesday night’s game was a costly one for the Cubs. Three players were injured during the same inning … and two have been placed on the DL. According to reports, Dioner Navarro is sore and the Cubs will make the call on a possible DL stint for Navarro by the weekend. Navarro will have an MRI on his right ankle once the swelling subsides.

The Cubs will have to transfer a player to the 60-day DL in order to make room on the roster for J.C. Boscan. Boscan was in big league camp this past spring after signing a minor league contract with the team in the off-season. Boscan is an excellent defensive catcher and worked extensively with Welington Castillo in the spring.

Eduardo Sanchez was optioned down to Triple-A on Tuesday to make room on the active roster for Thomas Neal and was recalled to take the place of the injured Matt Guerrier.

The Cubs roster shuffle continues … stay tuned.

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  • Brp921

    I didn’t see last nights game but the way Navarro left the game and with the swelling he has I would think they could put him on the DL for 7 days to open up a spot on the 40 man roster. Do they feel he could make it back before then? With the rigors of the catching position I would think he’d need a week to recover at the very minimum.

    • paulcatanese

      I couldn’t get the game either, but saw the replay on MLB. How the injury was not worse than day to day is amazing. That leg was bent so bad I thought it was broken.
      I know they say it was a legal hit by Utley, but man, that was bad for Navarro.
      Where are all of these 6’3″ 230lb guys that should be catchers?
      The runner should be taking the punishment and not the catchers.
      Last nights game may put 3 players on the DL.
      Navarro, Guerrier, and Neal. Neal may be done for the year if not longer.
      That was a costly victory.

      • Shawon O’Meter

        I was watching the game live and unless I got something wrong the weirdest thing in the Navarro injury is it was to his back leg that was bracing him and not his front leg that took all the impact. I believe he hurt his right leg and Utley ran into the left leg.

        • paulcatanese

          Agree, it looked as though the right ankle was bent at a horrible angle, I would have thought the same, the right leg.

    • calicub

      I don’t think the MLB has a seven day dl…?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        MLB added the 7-day DL in 2011 as a way to deal with concussions.

        See my post below.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      The 7-day DL is for concussions only. For a team to add a player to a full 40-man roster during the season and not lose the player, the only option is placing the player on the 60-day DL.

      Beginning with the 2011 season, a player who suffers a concussion may be placed on a seven-day disabled list, with a designated club specialist submitting a detailed report, including medical information and video of how the injury occurred, to Major League Baseball’s medical director. The seven-day list may not be used for players with injuries other than a concussion.

      A player on the seven-day disabled list does not count against the 25-man active roster but continues to count against the 40-man roster. A player may be activated — with approval of the designated club specialist and MLB’s medical director — beginning Day 8. If the player is not reinstated by Day 14, he automatically is transferred to the 15-day disabled list.

      A player on the 15-day disabled list does not count against the 25-man active roster but continues to count against the 40-man roster. There is no limit to the number of players a club may put on the 15-day disabled list. A player may be activated beginning Day 16, though the club is not required to reinstate him at any specific time.

      A player may be transferred from the 15-day list to the 60-day list, but the opposite is not permitted. If a player is transferred, his time on the 15-day list is credited toward the minimum stay on the 60-day list.

      A player on the 60-day disabled list does not count against either the 25-man or 40-man roster. A player may be activated beginning Day 61, though the club is not required to reinstate him at any specific time. A player placed on the 60-day list after August 1 remains there for the rest of the season.

      There is no limit to the number of players a club may put on the 60-day list, but a player may not be placed on (or transferred to) the 60-day list unless the club’s 40-man roster is full. Once the season ends, a player on the 60-day disabled list must be reinstated to the 40-man roster or designated for assignment.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Granted we don’t know anything about Travis Neal, but you have to feel sorry for the guy that he got a legit shot in the majors and instead spends it on the DL. Sad.

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