The Cubs claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. Gillespie played in three games for the Giants this year before being designated for assignment.
Cole Gillispie spent the previous four seasons in the Arizona system and had his best year in 2010 when he hit .231/.283/.365 with eight doubles and two home runs in 45 games.
In 74 games at Triple-A Fresno this year, Gillespie hit .277/.361/.455 with 11 doubles, two triples and nine home runs.
Cole Gillespie was added to replace the recently traded Scott Hairston on the Cubs’ bench. The right-handed hitting outfielder can play all three spots.
Gillespie is not expected to be added to the active roster until Sunday at the earliest. The Cubs will have to make a roster move to add him to the 25-man roster, likely sending out a reliever. The Cubs are currently carrying 13 pitchers on the active roster.
With the addition of Cole Gillespie, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.