Updated 7:56pm CDT – According to the transaction page on Cubs.com, LHP Phil Coke was designated for assignment on Monday. RHP Brian Schlitter was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. RHP Dallas Beeler was optioned to Iowa and LHP Tsuyoshi Wada was activated from the 15-day DL.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster officially stands at 38 players.
According to reports from Jesse Rogers and Carrie Muskat, one of the roster moves the Cubs will announce on Tuesday is that LHP Phil Coke has been designated for assignment.
Phil Coke has struggled pitching out of the Cubs’ pen and with lefties James Russell, Zac Rosscup and Travis Wood taking three spots on the active roster, Coke is the logical choice to remove from the roster.
In 16 appearances this season, Coke has been charged with seven runs on 14 hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 10 innings (6.30 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 3.55 FIP). Left handers are batting .304/.333/.375 against him and right handers are hitting .389/.429/.619. Not exactly numbers that instill confidence in a manager.
The Cubs signed Coke to a minor league contract early in Spring Training that called for a $2.25 million salary if he made the team out of camp. The deal also included a $900,000 incentives package based on appearances. Coke was added to the 40-man roster on March 30.
When Coke is designed for assignment, the Cubs will open a spot on the 40-man roster which currently stands at 39 players.
Based on comments from Joe Maddon, the Cubs are expected to have a 12-man pitching staff and 13 players on the active roster.
If the front office and coaching staff has decided to construct the active roster with two less pitchers than the 14 the team is currently carrying, the Cubs will have to remove another reliever and bring up a position player.
With the roster moves the Cubs are expected to make official, the 13-man pitching staff would consist of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Tsuyoshi Wada, Kyle Hendricks, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Zac Rosscup, James Russell, Justin Grimm, Jason Motte, Travis Wood and Edwin Jackson.
Joe Maddon was able to stay away from a majority of his bullpen over the last two games of the series with the Pirates. The only relievers he used that are expected to remain with the team are lefties Zac Rosscup and Travis Wood and Jason Motte. The day off gave his bullpen essentially three days of rest.
The next round of roster moves will be announced at some point Tuesday.