The Cubs made two roster moves Tuesday prior to the opener of the three-game series at Coors Field. The Cubs selected the contract of INF Javier Baez from Triple-A Iowa, added him to the 40-man roster and placed him on the 25-man active roster.
Javier Baez is in the Cubs starting lineup for Tuesday night. Baez is playing second base and hitting second behind Arismendy Alcantara and in front of Anthony Rizzo. Baez is wearing No. 9, the same number he wore with the Smokies last season.
With the latest round of roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster officially stands at 40 players and all 25 spots on the active roster have been filled.
To make room on the active roster for Javier Baez, the Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa. Parker was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to last Friday’s game, along with INF Chris Valaika. Parker was actually sent out last week when the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin after the record-setting marathon game against the Rockies.
Kyuji Fujikawa’s rehab assignment has expired and he is with the Cubs in Denver. The Cubs are not expected to make the three necessary roster moves to activate Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day DL before Tuesday’s game.
The Cubs have been committed to a 13-man pitching staff and eight-man bullpen for a majority of the season. The team is expected to make the necessary roster moves in order to add a reliever to the active roster.