From the Wire: Cubs Option INF/OF Logan Watkins and RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced Sunday following the three-game sweep over the Orioles that Starlin Castro will be activated off the bereavement list prior and be available for Tuesday’s opener against the Reds. Castro was placed on the bereavement list last Thursday in order to leave the team to take care of his family in the Dominican Republic.

INF/OF Logan Watkins was optioned to Iowa to make room on the active roster for Starlin Castro.

Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cubs announced RHP Brian Schlitter had been activated from the 15-day DL and optioned to Iowa. Schlitter was placed on the 15-day DL on August 10 with right shoulder inflammation.

PrintThe Cubs are expected to recall both Logan Watkins and Brian Schlitter when the roster expands in September. Watkins and Schlitter will be eligible to be recalled on Sept. 4.

Logan Watkins made a very good impression, with the exception of the baserunning gaffe in Saturday’s game, in his brief call-up. Watkins went 0-for-3 Sunday but was 3-for-10 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in four games while playing excellent defense at second base.

Brian Schlitter made two rehab appearances in the Cubs system prior to Sunday, one with the AZL Cubs and the other with Iowa. Schlitter pitched a scoreless inning in Rookie Ball and allowed one run on one hit with no walks and no strikeouts in an inning of work Saturday night for Iowa.

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  • Tom U

    I’m glad everyone was able to see the Logan Watkins I have been seeing for the past couple of years.

    As I have consistently said, Watkins has similar defensive ability as Darwin Barney at second base, with the ability to play several positions well. Watkins also has a better overall offensive game than Barney, and should make a valuable reserve.

    • SuzyS


    • BillyFinT

      And I’ve been concurring for two years.

    • Kelly Logan

      hate to nitpick, but Barney never made an out at 3b, would have hit 60 points higher had he batted 2nd. playing Bonerfacial and Valvanue over Darwin was senseless. baseball iq off the charts

      • Ripsnorter1

        How about some facts on Darwin Barney?

        You’ll note he has 750 career PA batting 2nd.
        That’s the most PA at any spot in the batting order except batting 8th with 798 PA. He did not hit 60 points higher batting second. The fact is he hit .04 points worse.

        • gary3411

          He was extremely lucky to cash in at the time and way he did. There are hundreds of players over the last 10-20 years with his talent level that never even sniffed the big leagues. Darwin is a millionaire and half of those guys coach HS.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Team Theo should have just non-tendered him last December and used the roster place elsewhere. Yes, he was extremely lucky.

    • Tony_H

      I think most people have been high on Watkins for awhile, I was hoping he would be the bridge from Barney to Baez/Alcantara at 2B. But he had such a poor call-up last year and now is settling into his super utility role very nicely. I think he is around for the next 3-4 years in that role.

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  • AaronOR

    At the game in Tacoma, Soler and Bryant are living up to my expectations!!

    • Neil

      I’m glad you are having a good time … and it’s only the fifth inning.

      • AaronOR

        Bryant has looked good at third too!

        • GaryLeeT

          He will follow up his college player of the year with an MilB player of the year…… but he’s not ready.

          • John G

            Followed by a 2015 ROY and 2016 MVP?
            I can dream, can’t I?

          • GaryLeeT

            So far, there is no reason to consider that a dream.

      • AaronOR

        So as the 14th inning started the third base coach yelled something at me, unfortunately the PA was too loud and couldn’t hear him. I think it had something to do with being the only cubs fan left in the stands!

  • Craig York

    Sorry if I missed it, but what’s the deal with this Andrew Ely kid. I can’t really find much on him except he was drafted this year, and went straight from rookie ball to AAA.

    • Tom U

      This kind of thing happens from time to time when the Triple-A team needs a player and their on the west coast. Ely was needed after Watkins was called up to cover for Castro.

      His showing in rookie ball and with Iowa, and that he will be 22 in January, may jump Ely ahead of David Bote and Jason Vosler and land him in Daytona next season.

      • Craig York

        Thank you. That makes sense.

  • John G

    So does anyone think the Cubs have a shot at catching the Reds? They’re closing in on them.

    • GaryLeeT

      After the Reds, every team on the Cub’s schedule is playing for something, which I do like. In September, if the Cubs call up some talent that helps the offense, they do play 16 out of the final 25 at home, where they have been playing well. In conclusion, if the Cubs take 2 of 3 against the Reds in the upcoming series, then yes they will.

      • Theboardrider

        Yeah, I think were ruining our draft spot. But doubt anybody is too upset. A strong finish will be great for us heading into next season. And I don’t think we will have a problem getting a good pick at 7-12

        • Brp921

          I’ve not seen any info on the depth, or who the top five or so talents are in the upcoming draft. I’m actually kind of torn on how I hope they finish out the season. On the one hand I’ve been really enjoying these wins, but on the other hand since we’re not going anywhere it’d be nice to have one more top draft choice, especially if there’s a real stud available.

          • GaryLeeT

            The sooner the days of picking low hanging are gone, the better. Let the winning commence!

          • Tony_H

            This was going to happen at some point and many predicted this year. I said awhile ago when people asked when does it all end, I said it will happen when the young players they call up after the trade deadline deals, win games instead of losing out the string.

    • AaronOR

      We are only 10.5 out of the wild card, stranger things have happened, why stop at Cincinnati!

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  • Matt

    So this burned one of Schlitter’s options?

    • Neil

      Schlitter was optioned down earlier in the season and spent 14 days with Iowa. He was optioned down again on Aug. 24, depending on when the paperwork was filed both times he was optioned down, yes it could have.