The Cubs announced three roster moves Friday afternoon. The Cubs added LHP Felix Doubront to the 25-man roster and officially placed him on the 15-day DL. To take Doubront’s spot on the roster, the Cubs recalled RHP Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa. Parker was optioned to Iowa prior to Wednesday’s game in order to create space on the 25-man roster for LHP Chris Rusin. The Cubs were able to recall Parker due to the injury to Doubront.
As expected, the Cubs purchased the contract of INF Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa, added him to the 40-man roster and recalled him from Iowa.
An update on the status of RHP Kyuji Fujikawa has not been provided.
With the addition of Chris Valaika, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 39 players.
Chris Valaika has played all four positions in the infield for Iowa this season and two games in left field. In 102 games, the soon to be 29-year old (August 14) Valaika hit .278/.344/.423 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs and a .768 OPS.
Chris Valaika signed a minor league contract with the Cubs last winter that included a non-roster invite to Spring Training. Valaika made his Major League debut with the Reds on August 24, 2010 after Cincinnati took him in the third round of the 2006 draft.
Chris Valaika played in 22 games at the big league level for the Marlins last season. Valaika put together a .219/.261/.344 line with five doubles and a home run. In 55 games at the big league level, Valaika has his .244/.281/.362 with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and a .644 OPS.