Felix Doubront Placed on the 15-Day DL and Cubs Roster News

The Cubs announced the acquisition of LHP Felix Doubront Thursday from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. The Cubs are expected to send a player to Boston for the southpaw and the two teams will complete the trade after the Rule 5 Draft in December.

Felix Doubront was added to the Cubs 40-man roster, but was placed on the 15-day DL with calf soreness. The Cubs plan on using Doubront as a starter when he returns from the disabled list.

The trade with Atlanta for INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio and LHP James Russell cleared two spots on the 40-man roster. The Cubs will use one of those two spots on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa when he is ready to be come off the 60-day DL. Fujikawa is close to returning to the big league team and was expected to be activated for the three-game series in Los Angeles.

The 40-man roster officially stands at 38 players after the addition of LHP Felix Doubront. And the two spots currently open on the 25-man roster will be filled prior to Friday night’s game. The front office was expected to discuss which two players would either be called up or activated from the DL to take the spots vacated by Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell.

PrintWith Chris Rusin already on the active roster to fill Russell’s spot as one of the two lefty relievers, the Cubs will likely recall a right handed reliever. After optioning Blake Parker to Iowa prior to Wednesday’s game, the Cubs have two other right handers on the 40-man. Dan Straily started for Iowa on Thursday night and the Cubs see Dallas Beeler as a starting pitcher, not a reliever. With the lack of options on the 40-man, Fujikawa is likely the addition to the pen.

As for a position player, Logan Watkins, Josh Vitters and Mike Olt are on the 40-man. The Cubs are very left-handed and could decide to add a right hander to the 25-man roster. Watkins, Vitters and Olt played Thursday night in New Orleans.

Javier Baez

Jed Hoyer addressed the Javier Baez question when he spoke with the beat writers after the Cubs completed the trade with Atlanta that cleared a spot on the field and on the 40-man roster for Baez.

Hoyer said, “We’re not going to change our timetable on any of our prospects based on moves we made at the big league level. When we feel like they are ready, and they can contribute, we’ll do that.”

The Cubs have not ruled out calling up Javier Baez to the majors this season like the front has with Kris Bryant. Baez would have to be added to the 40-man roster, a move that many feel the Cubs will make at some point over the next month.

Neil Ramirez

The Cubs placed Neil Ramirez on the 15-day DL Tuesday with right triceps soreness. Ramirez had been optioned to Triple-A Iowa Saturday in order to give him a breather. But when Ramirez informed the staff that he his right arm was sore, the Cubs placed him on the Major League 15-day DL instead.

The Cubs backdated his DL stint to July 26 and indicated Tuesday he should not be on the DL longer than the required 15 days. According to a report from Patrick Mooney, the MLBPA “quietly” stepped in after the Cubs optioned Ramirez to Iowa and the Cubs placed him on the DL instead, which keeps his service time running and he continues to be paid his Major League salary.

Ramirez described the soreness in his arm as nothing serious.

Reports from Wrigley indicated Neil Ramirez was leaving for Mesa following Thursday’s game and would rehab at the Cubs complex while his teammates are on the road.

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  • Patrick_Schaefer

    My guess is that they bring up Watkins. They have no one to back up any positions on the infield. They have to bring up an infielder and if they don’t bring up Baez, and they want to go right handed then it’s Olt. Vitters is no longer considered a 3b.
    Assuming Lake doesn’t get an opportunity to play some infield.

    Watkins can play OF and every position on the infield but pitcher and catcher.

    • BillyFinT


    • Eugene Debs

      If we call up Watkins, it will answer the two year old question of “who replaces Brent Lillibridge on the roster?”.

      • RickinMSP

        One of the funniest things I’ve read in days. Thank you.