Cubs Activate Sweeney and Valbuena from DL, Recall Cabrera and DFA Sanchez

The Cubs made the first round of September call-ups on Sunday morning. The Cubs activated OF Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day DL and added him to the active roster as expected. Luis Valbuena was activated from the 15-day DL and RHP Alberto Cabrera was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster for Ryan Sweeney, RHP Eduardo Sanchez was designated for assignment.

The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players with Sunday’s roster moves and the Cubs active roster stands at 28 players with more call-ups expected in the coming days.

Ryan Sweeney has been on the DL since June 30 with a fractured left rib. Sweeney was hitting rather well for the Cubs before he landed on the disabled list. In 44 games, Sweeney put together a .295/.342/.527 slash line with 10 doubles, four triples and four home runs for a .868 OPS. The Cubs have said that Sweeney will see a lot of playing time over the final month of the year.

Luis Valbuena was not expected to be activated from the DL on Sunday. Recent reports suggested that Valbuena needed more time to recover from the right oblique strain that landed him on the DL on August 4. Valbuena should see time at multiple positions over the last month of the season to see if he can provide depth off the bench next season. Valbuena is arbitration eligible in the off-season after being paid $930,000 in his first year of arbitration eligibility this season.

Alberto Cabrera had a tremendous season with the Smokies but struggled after being promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Cabrera was 9-3 in 18 games as a starter for Double-A Tennessee with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP (107 strikeouts, 39 walks, 102 hits in 112 2/3 innings). But in Iowa as a reliever, 1-3 with a 7.08 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP in 15 games (19 strikeouts, 12 walks, 26 hits in 20 1/3 innings). Cabrera is out of options after this year and the Cubs have to decide the best way to use him prior to next season.

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  • SuzyS

    When the minor league season is over, and a player is DFA’d….if not claimed by another team….Is the player’s season over???…or do they have to remain ready in the case of an “injury” call-up?

    • Tony_Hall

      If a player was DFA’d from a major league roster and no one claims him, he goes to his assignment in the minors unless he is able to choose FA and does so.

      If a player is on a minor league team and their season ends, they are still property of the parent club and can be called up through the end of the season.

      • Neil

        Thanks for posting Tony, had to step away for a minute.

  • Tom U

    Some minor league notes:

    With his entrance into Daytona’s game last night at shortstop, Anthony Giansanti has now played every position, including pitcher, in his minor league career.

    Frank Batista will need a save in one of Tennessee’s last two games to record 20 or more saves for the third consecutive season.

    There is a pitched battle for the system stolen base championship as John Andreoli leads with a combined 39 steals while Zeke DeVoss has 37, both with two games left to go.

    Boise was no-hit last night for the first time since 2001. The Hawks will have to win their final two games in order to qualify for the playoff for the third straight season.

    Incidentally, Boise’s 41-33 record is better than last year’s storied Hawks team, who went 37-39.

    The Cubs qualified four of their eight minor league teams for the playoffs in 2013, with Boise a possible fifth team in. Both Iowa and the AZL Cubs narrowly missed qualifying.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Any other MLB team like the Cubs with 4 minor league teams in the playoffs?

      • Tom U

        That’s a lot of research. Hopefully I can and answer for you soon.

      • Tom U

        A quick look shows the Giants have five teams in the playoffs, none above Double-A level.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          Our young stars will bring a winning attitude when they do arrive together by 2016….thanks for the research.

    • Banjowilly

      From what I understand. Boise’s chances are still pretty good. Salem-Keiser won the first half and is leading the standings in the second half. So it’s really between Boise and Hilsboro. Boise has a better record so they would win a tie breaker. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think Boise will be in the playoffs.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Most Septembers in Cubs history is for players fighting for a roster spot for the next season………the bench will look good…..except at back up catching……kiss those Gregg saves away….unless two or more relief pitchers step up…….only four positions are set…Rizzo, Castro, Barney & Castillo……..might pick up two low level free agents, but beyond that, look for a similar 2013 season in 2014.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I agree. Though I believe more platooning will happen in the infield at 1b, 2b, 3b, AND SS. I think they will rely more on players knocking on the door to the show. Olt, Vitters, Watkins, and Valbuena platooning through the infield and LF depending who has a hot bat and who does not. The rest of the outfield is set as long as we can re-sign Sweeney and maybe Bogusevic. Catching might be a problem area unless we can re-sign Navarro to a nice friendly contract. I hope they don’t sign a big free-agent pitcher unless you call Baker a big free-agent. The rotation looks likes it has too many candidates …. Samardaj… SHARK/Wood/Arrietta/EJAX/Rusin/
      Villanueva/Baker(if he re-signs)/Cabrera/Raley/Loux(I only mention him for boardrider)/Henricks ALL have a shot at making the rotation next year. The bullpen is where we will be hurting as you, CDC, mentioned. We need a dependable arm for the pen I was thinking maybe Boon Logan of the Yanks. He would be a good late inning option and give Russell a nice breather making him more useful. But it is just my opinion as we also have Zac Rosscup coming as well. Yet lefty relievers are a valuable commodity. We also get Fujikawa back sometime around mid-season I believe.

      • cubsin

        Cabrera and Vizcaino (after some time in the bullpen) are also SP candidates for next year.

        • TheWrongGuy

          Vizcaino I don’t see for next years rotation until maybe a September call-up. They need to stretch him out again. He also hasn’t thrown in almost a year consistently. With his stuff I see him more as a future closer than starter.
          Cabrera is on my list as I see him more in the role of what Villanueva did this season for us. Cabrera has bull-pen experience also. Great arm… hopefully he can keep his control for a full season, for this reason, I believe he’ll start at AAA.

    • Ripsnorter1

      I don’t see Barney as set at 2B.

      • J Daniel

        I would agree long term but I think they will start with him in hopes his value bounces back and can be moved to enhance another deal.

      • Ripken Boy

        Agree, I cant figure out why Logan Watkins does not get a start or two a week.

        • Ripsnorter1

          I believe its because Sveum is treating him like they did Vitters
          last year. Sveum doesn’t think Watkins can hit ML pitching.
          IMO, that’s why.

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