The Chicago Cubs have placed their third center fielder on the disabled list. This time, it is Brian Bogusevic, whom the Cubs placed on the 15-day DL Friday morning because of a strained hamstring. The Cubs will most likely call up utility man Junior Lake to fill the roster spot according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat.
Bogusevic was third in the center field chain before his injury as chronicled on MLB Injury News earlier this week. He was filling in for Ryan Sweeney, who was filling in for David DeJesus. Sweeney fractured a rib running into the outfield wall on June 29, and DeJesus sprained his shoulder on June 14 doing the same thing. Bogusevic aggravated his already tight hamstring on June 14, the last game before the All-Star break.
Even in the Minors, center field has proven itself haunting. Brett Jackson, a top outfield prospect, is on the disabled list (since June 22) with a strained calf. The Cubs recently went out of the organization to claim Cole Gillespie off waivers from the San Francisco Giants to fill a roster spot on the Major League roster.
Lake started the season injured himself. He recovered from a back injury and joined the Iowa Cubs in early June. He is hitting .295/.341/.462 with 4 HR and 18 RBI in 40 games. He will fill a sport until DeJesus comes back. DeJesus is working out in Rookie ball and preparing for a rehab assignment within a few days.
The Cubs resume play in fourth place in the N.L. Central, 15 games out. They have made a number of trades already, and they have restocked their Minor Leagues in the process. Lake, a Cubs product signed in 2007, is one of the team's top-rated prospects at #9. His first appearance with the Cubs will be his Major League debut.
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