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MLB Injury News:
Chicago Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena sat out Saturday's game with the Los Angeles Dodgers due to a right oblique strain. After the game, as MLB.com's Manny Randhawa reports, the Cubs announced that they will place Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list.
The move should become official before Sunday's game, so the Cubs have a chance to make a roster move to fill Valbuena's spot.
Valbuena was hitting .226 with 9 HR and 31 RBI. He became the starter last year when Ian Stewart got hurt and again when Stewart injured himself in Spring Training. Of late, Valbuena has shared time with Cody Ransom, who now appears to be the everyday starter while Valbuena is out.
It would be easy for Cub fans to want to see Kris Bryant, the second-overall pick and highly touted third baseman, but he is not even on the 40-man roster and has played all of 12 Minor League games. More sensibly, prospect Josh Vitters or newly-acquired Mike Olt (from the Matt Garza trade) could fill the spot.
With the Cubs going nowhere, this could turn into a time to see what Vitters and Olt can do. Vitters had a disappointing Major League debut last year, hitting just .121 in 99 at bats. Olt did not fare much better at .152 in 33 at bats with Texas last year. Both are projected as power hitters, and with Valbuena out, could get a chance at some Big-League at bats before too long.
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