Cubs Place Arrieta and Fujikawa on 15-Day DL, McDonald on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made the procedural moves Sunday in order to finalize the Opening Day roster and the first 40-man roster of the season.

Jake Arrieta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tightness. Instead of starting Kyuji Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to start the season, Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day retroactive to March 21. Fujikawa is recovering from Tommy John surgery in June of 2013 and is apparently ahead of schedule, as reports have suggested, in order to him to be placed on the 15-day DL.

The Cubs are hoping Arrieta will be able to join the rotation by the end of April at the latest. Arrieta is traveling with the team in order to continue with Chris Bosio before he begins a rehab assignment. Arrieta should need three to four minor league starts before being ready to start at the big league level.

In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed James McDonald on the 60-day DL retroactive to February 13 with right shoulder inflammation.

Due to service time, James McDonald is under the Cubs control for the 2015 season. The Cubs will try to get McDonald healthy this year but worse case is McDonald could provide depth for next season.

The Cubs selected the contracts of C John Baker, OF Ryan Kalish, RHP Brian Schlitter and IF/OF Emilio Bonifacio from Triple-A Iowa. The team officially designated RHP Alberto Cabrera for assignment and optioned Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa.

With the nine roster moves that were announced Sunday afternoon, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 40-players.

With the roster moves being announced, the team officially confirmed the 25 players that will begin the season on the active roster.

Cubs 2014 Opening Day Roster

Pitchers

Starting Rotation

  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Jason Hammel
  • Travis Wood
  • Carlos Villanueva

Bullpen

  • Jose Veras
  • Pedro Strop
  • James Russell
  • Wesley Wright
  • Hector Rondon
  • Justin Grimm
  • Brian Schlitter
Catchers
  • Welington Castillo
  • John Baker
Infielders
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • Darwin Barney
  • Starlin Castro
  • Mike Olt
  • Luis Valbuena
  • Emilio Bonifacio
Outfielders
  • Junior Lake
  • Ryan Sweeney
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Justin Ruggiano
  • Ryan Kalish
Cubs 40-man Roster

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Jim Bowden, former GM of the Reds, boldly predicted the Cubs to ‘acquire” the first pick in the 2015 by means of a last place finish in MLB in 2014.

    And I quote:
    “Another last-place finish is practically clinched,” [how do you like that statement, Cubs' fans?], “and I wouldn’t be surprised if they wind up with the first overall pick in 2015, thanks to the progress the Marlins and Astros have had in rebuilding their starting rotations.”

    Yup. He said that.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/post?id=9211

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Rip, he also said during his show that he feels that is the right move for the Cubs. I am not going to spend time reading the article you posted. But that is what he said on his show.

    • cubtex

      He is not alone. Most feel that the teams who finished below the Cubs last year have improved themselves a lot more than the Cubs.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Yay!
      Hopefully the 2014 and 2015 picks will either be stud pitchers or stud catchers. Otherwise getting to be a prosspect logjam at other positions.

      Of course, you can always take best-player-available and use them in trades to acquire a stud C or pitchers…either way, that is the end result I would like to see for the mlb club as a result of those picks.

      • cubtex

        pitching pitching and pitching. I am with you

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  • cubtex

    Brian Bogusevic was DFA’d by the Marlins.

    • BosephHeyden

      Well, he got replaced by a better option: Reed Johnson.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        Reed “BTS” Johnson is still around?!

        • cubtex

          I always liked Reed. Plays the game the “right” way.

    • Tony_H

      I guess that was another trade made that Theo won :)

      • cubtex

        I was waiting for that. I actually thought Rider would respond before you but I put it on a tee for both of you :)

        • Tony_H

          Happy to oblige!

          But I still don’t get what the Marlins were thinking wanting Bogusevic. Ruggiano isn’t much but he at least looks like a ballplayer.

          • cubtex

            I think they were thinking they had Jake Marisnick and Gio Stanton and thought they would give Bogie a look since a LH option would work better than Ruggiano.

          • Tony_H

            I get that, but I never even saw what the Cubs saw in Bogusevic.

          • cubtex

            just looked and Marisnick didn’t make team. He hit .422 this spring in 44 AB’s. Guess they don’t put too much into ST. He struggled last year once he was promoted to the big leagues so they probably want him to have some success in the minors and then bring him up.

          • Tony_H

            I really don’t think he had a chance. Nothing to do with ST as much as it was just like a lot of the Cubs prospects that were just there for experience and to get that 1st ST out of the way.

          • cubtex

            so who is in left for them? Yelich is CF and Stanton in RF.

          • Tony_H

            I see a Marcell Ozuna, and then Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson.

            http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/o/ozunama01.shtml

          • cubtex

            Cashner getting opening day nod on ESPN for the Pads. That one hurts. He’s got such easy gas.

          • Tony_H

            I hope he has a long and great career.

          • cubtex

            hopefully we can bring up a lot of Cashner’s over the next 5 years. They need to get some pitching.

          • Tony_H

            I think there is a lot of guys who could come up over the next few years. The minor league rotations are much improved all the way to Kane County, with some guys who should be getting starts, might not have a spot and end up in the bullpen.

          • cubtex

            As you know by now…I am a stuff guy. I really hope they draft a pitcher with the 1st pick in June. A “Jose Fernandez” would be just what the doctor ordered.

          • Tony_H

            I posted an article about how the Cardinals have changed their pitching around from not having many guys who throw in the 90′s to now having lots of them. They started drafting athletic guys who throw heat. The rest they feel they can coach them up to get figured out. They started this with the 2009 draft and the Shelby Miller pick.

          • cubtex

            Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegist drafted 20th round and lower both making it and both throwing 95 plus. Incredible

          • Tony_H

            I believe this is similar to what the Cubs are trying to do with with arms. Cubs have a lot more guys who throw heat in the system now.

            I will be interested in the how the rotation in Iowa ends up. Looks like Tenn and Daytona are set and KC is close.

          • Tony_H

            I have a hard time believing that the Dodgers have the highest payroll in baseball, yet have to start Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe and have Chone Figgins on the bench to go along with Turner, and Baxter.

            Not a fan of either player of Gordon, Uribe, or Figgins.

          • cubtex

            Can’t have all stars at every position when you are paying that much for your starting rotation

          • Tony_H

            But you can have better guys then they have.

            That is why I said what I said about Barney and Schierholtz. I don’t get how the Dodgers, Rangers and Tigers couldn’t trade for these guys, when they would upgrade their bench when their starters came back.

          • cubtex

            see this is a perfect example with that shift. AGON leading off inning in 2nd. I get that he is slow as hell but why not bunt and get a sure base hit to leadoff off the inning and play for a lead.

          • Tony_H

            FYI – Rooting for Cashner tonight. I was able to get him on one of my fantasy teams.

          • cubtex

            just posted that

  • cubtex

    One thing for sure. Samardzija is consistent. Hates losing

    Patrick Mooney
    ‏@CSNMooney
    Theo and Samardzija see #Cubs situation “98% the same way.” The 2% will get Opening Day starter traded by deadline: http://bit.ly/1jMoFon

    • Tony_H

      I think the point that was missed in this article was that Theo and Samardzija both agree that the timing is just off a little and that it is in the best interest of both parties to be traded. It is not the 2% they don’t agree that will cause him to be traded.

  • John G

    All I know is that as of this moment, the Cubs are tied for first. Where it goes from here….???

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