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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