From the Wire … Cubs to Place Luis Valbuena on the 15-Day DL

Follow Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers, Dale Sveum announced that Luis Valbuena will be placed on the 15-day DL with an oblique strain. Sveum revealed Valbuena’s injury when he was asked why he let Jeff Samardzija hit for himself leading off the sixth inning and why he left Cody Ransom into hit against Brandon League in the seventh.

Dale Sveum explained that his bench was even shorter with Valbuena unavailable and heading for a stint on the disabled list. The Cubs did not announce a corresponding roster move.

Luis Valbuena’s injury explains the Cubs’ decision to call-up Donnie Murphy on Saturday. Murphy can back up shortstop, second and third base. The Cubs did not have another option on the 40-man roster. So they added Murphy to the 40-man and put him on the active roster.

The Cubs figure to stay with a 13-man pitching staff through Sunday’s finale with the Dodgers. Monday is the Cubs’ first day off since the All-Star break. The Cubs begin a six-game road trip on Tuesday in Philadelphia that concludes next Sunday in St. Louis. The Cubs then have another off day on Thursday, August 15 following a three-game series at Wrigley against the Reds. The two off days in 10 games would allow the Cubs to add a position player to the active roster and carry a 12-man pitching staff.

The Cubs only have a couple of options on the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 40 players, to fill in for Luis Valbuena while he is on the shelf with Josh Vitters on the DL … Logan Watkins and Mike Olt.

Mike Olt and Dave Sappelt were both in Iowa’s starting lineup on Saturday night for the opener of the four-game series against the Tacoma Rainers. Logan Watkins was not in the starting lineup.

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  • OldManBB

    It makes no sense whatsoever to let Ransom play everyday or Murphy for the same reason. They could call up an OF and move Lake to 3b which would give them a look at him there. At least something would be gained in that, but instead a player that has never played 3rd, except for a brief appearance (on paper) at Daytona, I think, 2 or 3 years ago, is on his way to the Cubs. His name……Watkins a 2nd baseman who wasn’t doing well enough at Iowa to warrant any kind of promotion. They could also have Selected Alcantara from the Smokies and have gained a look at him and rewarded him for great work over the last couple of years.

    “Who’s on 3rd? No Who is playing 1b. What’s the name of the guy on 3b? I don’t know!.

    Kind of reminds me of the Cubs front office!!!

    • Theboardrider

      I don’t really get what your saying at the end there. But if you’re knocking the front office then you haven’t been following what they’re trying to do. They’ve got a plan to build the best farm system in baseball to produce a consistent winner and tey are executing that beautifully. We’ve gone from basically worst to first in one year. It’s been mind-blowing! Get to know our FO if you don’t because they are the envy of rhe league.

      • Theboardrider

        You can Monday Morning QB each individual move all you like but tese guys judge what they do based in the big picture. They don’t mind losing a few battkes along the way to overwhelmingly winning the war.

        • Brp921

          I agree with your comment above about rebuilding the farm system, they’ve done an excellent job. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, they have not overwhelmingly won any kind of war yet. :)

    • bpot92

      I believe they were trying to not use up another 40 man roster spot so it was either Watkins, Olt, or Murphy and they felt Murphy would be the best bet. Alcantara would have had to been added, then it would have started his clock and he probably isn’t ready anyway for another year or 2

      • DWalker

        Neither watkins or Olt is ready to come up. It will do the team more good to let them continue in AAA for now rather than bring them up. There are still concerns Olt has even recovered, and so far he hasn’t shown he’s even close to ready. Murphy is a handy fill in player in another down year. He’ll probably be released when his call up is done.

        • bpot92

          I agree. Thats why although murphy is probably the worst potential of the three it made sense to bring him up. Its kinda like Bobby Scales maybe as well, having a good year as a old minor leaguer and already on the 40 so reward him until a prospect is really ready

  • Ripsnorter1

    Mike Olt is ripping up AAA in 45 PA…2 BB…4 hits (all singles)…14 K…..093 BA…..093 slugging.
    Okay, he’s not yet adjusted to the PCL. LOL I am not yet sold that he can hit ML pitching.
    His awful contact rates point to a Vitters-like ML BA of about .116.

    Vitters on the DL.

    Another “3rd baseman of the future” whose future is not yet.

    Logan Watkins….are you sure about this?

    .243 BA in AAA Iowa, the hitter’s league PCL
    Slugging a mere .379. That’s SS territory.
    .333 OBP.
    Don’t want to start the clock on this guy just yet, do we?

    Yeah, let’s try Jr. at 3B for awhile. And call up an OF not named
    Dave Sappelt.


    • DWalker

      I suspect Olt isn’t recovered yet, which says bad things. I am afraid you are right, Olt may well join Vitters in “wish they would have” status.

    • JimBo_C

      Ty Wright may satisfy the job requirements that you have listed. He plays OF, his contact rate is better than Olt and Vitters, his BA is higher than Watkins and his last name is not Sappelt :-)

      • Ripsnorter1

        If the last name isn’t Sappelt, he’s my guy!

  • Tony_Hall

    Here comes Watkins. He is a slow starter in the spring but much better numbers since then.