From the Wire … Cubs to Call-Up Donnie Murphy

According to multiple reports, the Cubs selected the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Iowa and have called him up to take the spot on the roster of the recently DFA’d Julio Borbon.

The Cubs signed Donnie Murphy to a minor league deal on April 3 and he has spent the season with the Iowa Cubs. In 89 games for Triple-A Iowa, Murphy hit .265/.338/.457/.795 with 18 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs.

With the addition of Donnie Murphy, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.

Donnie Murphy spent the previous three seasons in the Marlins organization. In 117 games at the big league level, Murphy hit .222/.277/.413/.690 with 16 doubles, four triples and eight home runs.

Donnie Murphy is a utility infielder and has not played in the outfield since 2008.

Donnie Murphy’s Page on Baseball-Reference

The Cubs did not call-up Dave Sappelt to fill Borbon’s spot on the roster. The Cubs figure to make another change to the big league roster after Sunday’s finale against the Dodgers to reduce the pitching staff and add a position player.

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  • Whatupbr

    What is the point? Are they looking to make a waiver deal with one of the current infielders?

    • J Daniel

      Nope, just not starting the clock on someone else. But there is no point otherwise and they could send him back on Sunday. Cut throat!

      • Whatupbr

        Sappelt would make more sense then, wouldn’t he?

        • TheWrongGuy

          Maybe but will Sappelt stay? I think if they called him up it would be his last call-up chance to stick in the show.
          I personally have not been too impressed with Sappelt.

          • Whatupbr

            Sappelt has been up in ’13 already – it wouldn’t have any bearing on a “last chance”.

            I’m not at all impressed with him either but it seems like it makes more sense to promote a 26 year old OF than it does a 30 year old IF. What purpose does Murphy have with Valbuena and Ransom on the team?

  • SomeGuy27

    I kind of thought they would (still might) go out and sign Thomas Neal who the Yankees just DFA’d. He’s somewhat projectible, has had good minor league numbers, and looks like a victim of the salary/numbers game in New York.

    • Whatupbr

      Now that makes a lot more sense to me.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I doubt the CUBS sign anyone to any contract for this season from this point on. Barring any major series of injuries.

  • Tom U

    After Sunday, it may be time that Rule 5 selection Hector Rondon becomes “hurt” and is placed on the DL.

  • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

    Sappelt needs to play every day dale won’t do that

    • J Daniel

      Sappelt needs to be released

      • Varmit_Cnty_BBQ

        I would like to see him start for a week

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