According to multiple reports following Friday’s game, the Cubs optioned OF Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster for RHP Dan Straily. The Cubs will officially recall Straily from Iowa prior to Saturday’s game.
The Cubs announced Thursday that Dan Straily would make his Cubs debut Saturday night at Citi Field. Straily is expected to make only one start before he is sent back to Iowa to finish the Triple-A season.
Junior Lake has really struggled this season and has not received any playing time of late, and he could not take capitalize when he was in the starting lineup. Lake put together a .216/.243/.364 slash line in 98 games with 10 doubles, three triples, nine home runs, 10 walks 102 strikeouts and a .608 OPS.
In 16 games after the break, Junior Lake hit only .206/.229/.265 with a triple and nine strikeouts.
Junior Lake was not on an optional assignment. Sending Lake to Iowa will cost the team his last minor league option. Lake will be out of minor league option years after this season. Lake cannot be recalled for 10 days and is expected to finish the season with Triple-A Iowa.
According to reports, Lake will play every day in Iowa until the end of the year.
The Cubs will play with a 14-man pitching staff Saturday and should call up a position player after Saturday’s game when the team sends Dan Straily back down to Iowa.
Could the Cubs call-up Jorge Soler two weeks earlier than expected to fill the spot vacated by Junior Lake?
Updated 10:05pm CDT – According to a report from Patrick Mooney, the Cubs have not made a final decision on the roster move for Sunday’s game when Dan Straily is sent back after his spot start.
Updated 9:00am CDT, Aug. 16 – Correction on Junior Lake’s minor league option. By rule, if Junior Lake’s optional assignment does not last longer than 20 days, an option will not be used. If the Cubs recall Junior Lake on or before Sept. 4, Lake will have one minor league option left.