Contreras Hits the DL, Vic Caratini Back Up to Chicago

The trade that involved veteran catcher Alex Avila coming over to Chicago is making Theo Epstein look like a bigger genius than what we already knew he was. Avila will step into the starting role following an injury to hot hitting Willson Contreras on Wednesday. Continue reading

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Promotions, Injuries, and Awards

Monday brought all sorts of action down on the farm, with Iowa providing most of the news updates.

First of all, Cubs closer Wade Davis was placed on the paternity list. To shore up the bullpen with Davis out, Dylan Floro was called back up the Chicago. This was his third stint with the Cubbies and it was a short one as Floro was sent back down on Tuesday to make room for The Machine to return. Continue reading

Kawasaki Added to 40-Man and Optioned, 4 Players to DL

There were quite a few roster moves made Sunday, which isn’t all that surprising with Opening Day today. (Wait Opening Day is today? I hadn’t heard.)

Munenori Kawasaki has had a crazy last few days. After being released and then re-signed to a brand new Minor League contract all in the same day, the middle infielder was added to the 40-man roster yesterday and optioned down to AAA Iowa. It wasn’t covered much when he was picked up, but Kawasaki had one more option year left which can be utilized this season. That can be very helpful when it comes to moving him up and down between Chicago and Iowa due to injuries or other reasons.

Four players were added to the DL yesterday, all of them being of the 15-day variety. Javier Baez will probably start to get some action rehabbing fairly soon as he comes back from his thumb injury.

Christian Villanueva is on the 15-day DL but will definitely be out much longer as he returns from his fractured leg that he suffered early on in the spring.

Dallas Beeler will miss some time due to an arm problem. There isn’t a whole lot of information yet on the injury so the timetable is up in the air, although he did miss the whole spring so that can’t be a good sign.

Newly acquired Aaron Brooks is the last of the quartet to hit the DL, and he is listed as having a hip bruise. Doesn’t sound too serious obviously but people have been out longer for less so we will see. All are retroactive to March 25.