Cubs reinstate OF Chris Coghlan and RHP Joe Smith from 15-day disabled list … Cubs select contract of RHP Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa, add to 40-man and active roster
The Cubs announced three roster moves Thursday on the first day teams can expand the active roster to include all players on the 40-man roster.
Chris Coghlan and Joe Smith were activated from the 15-day disabled list as expected. The Cubs selected the contract of RHP Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa, added him to the 40-man roster and he was called up Thursday. Buchanan has spent a majority of the season starting games for Triple-A Iowa. Buchanan will be available for Thursday’s game out of the bullpen and will wear uniform No. 43.
With the addition of Jake Buchanan, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Chris Coghlan is starting Thursday, batting seventh and playing left field. Joe Smith and Jake Buchanan will be available for Maddon out of the pen for Thursday’s opener of the four-game Giants series.
The Cubs are expected to call up more players from the minors when Triple-A Iowa’s season ends on Monday. The Cubs used the open spot on the 40-man roster to add Jake Buchanan to big league bullpen. The Cubs active roster now consists of 28 players, 14 pitchers (five starters, nine relievers) and 14 position players.
Jake Buchanan signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on April 3 after he was released by the Astros. Buchanan was 12-8 in 24 games, 22 starts, with a 4.34 ERA and 1.36 WHIP for Triple-A Iowa. Buchanan allowed 76 runs, 68 earned, on 154 hits with 38 walks and 105 strikeouts in 141 innings.
Buchanan had a strong finish to his Triple-A campaign, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (three earned runs in 20 innings) in his final three starts. Buchanan was in Spring Training with the Houston Astros but was released on March 31. He joined Iowa on April 18.
Buchanan appeared in 22 games with two starts over two seasons with the Astros (2014-15). Buchanan is 1-3 in 22 games, two starts, with a 4.06 ERA and 1.39 WHIP and 4.69 FIP in the majors.
Chris Coghlan, 31, has combined to hit .165 (35-for-212) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 78 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 17 with a right rib contusion. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and a 1.118 OPS with Iowa.
Coghlan rejoined the Cubs through a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games with the team. Last season, Coghlan set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland February 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.
Joe Smith, 32, was acquired by the Cubs from the Angels on August 1 and is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 4.14 ERA (19 earned runs in 41 1/3 innings) in 44 relief appearances between the Angels and Cubs this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on August 17 with a left hamstring strain. He made two rehab outings with Iowa this week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings.
In his career, Smith is 40-27 with a 2.97 ERA (185 earned runs in 560.0 innings) in 629 major league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons. He has limited foes to a .228 batting average and .308 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.64 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .331 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a career .216 batting average against.