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The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Brian Bogusevic on the 15-day disabled list Friday after aggravating his left hamstring. He has been in and out of the lineup with tightness in that hamstring since July 4th, when he came out of their game against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning. The team called utility man Junior Lake up from the Iowa Cubs, their Triple-A affiliate.
Brian Bogusevic started off the year at Triple-A Iowa. In 78 games there he had a .319 batting average with 10 home runs, 16 stolen bases, and a .418 on base percentage. He got called up to Chicago after David DeJesus suffered a shoulder injury in a game against the New York Mets. Bogusevic has played in 13 games with the big league club, and in that time he has a .261 batting average with an on base percentage of .277. He hasn’t exactly been a key player, but he has done a decent job filling in for his injurred teammates.
Bogusevic is one of many Cubs players to get sidelined by an injury this year. As of right now (including Bogusevic) there are eight Cubs on the disabled list, three of them being outfielders.
Starlin Castro and Junior Lake celebrate after their 3-1 win over Colorado on Friday night. (Photo Credit: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Junior Lake is 23 year old rookie, who was signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in February 2007. Baseball America rated him as the 15th best prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization this preseason. He primarily played shortstop when he started playing professionally, but with Starlin Castro blocking his way to the bigs, Lake has spent time playing more third base as well as seeing more action in the outfield.
Earlier this month, I was able to catch an Iowa Cubs game in person. In that game, Junior Lake went 3-4 with a double, two triples (one of which hit high off of the wall, just short of a home run), and scored two runs. As if that weren’t enough for him, he also made two fantastic diving stops playing third base. Needless to say, this guy really impressed me that night.
Lake started out the season on the disabled list after getting injured during spring training. But in the time that he has played, he has proven that he should be given a shot at the next level. In 40 games with Triple-A Iowa, Lake hit .295, stole 14 bases, and flashed plenty of leather. His .341 on base percentage would be the fifth best on the major league Cubs.
Junior Lake could be a very good fill in guy right now for the Chicago Cubs. His ability to play the infield and outfield gives him an opportunity to get a lot of playing time, especially with the outfielders disappearing via injury or trade (unless you’re Nate Schierholtz, who just isn’t getting any playing time at all). And with Kris Bryant not coming to the show in a few years, Lake can have an opportunity to get quality playing time at third base and establish himself as a part of the franchise’s future.
One last note: In his major league debut Friday night against the Rockies, Lake went 3-4 at the plate with a double and a stolen base. He also ran into a wall, but don’t worry. He’s fine.
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Of course there's a mystery team involved at this point. There always is. However, Jim Bowden claims the Cubs and Rangers will get a trade done and, unfortunately, Neil Ramirez will be the "center piece" of the trade for Matt Garza.
The Rangers – Cubs…Matt Garza deal will get done and Neil Ramirez will be center piece according to source
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm...
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The man who dresses up as "Billy Cub" -- an unofficial mascot -- and interacts with fans received a cease and desist letter from the MLB due to "unabated Mascot Activities.”
Although I suppose they were as close as they could be yesterday, exchanging medical information on players and something turned up on one of the Rangers pitchers that caused the Cubs to squeeze the brakes. Names have been flying around, but Neil Ramirez, C.J. Edwards and Mike Olt seem to be the hottest names of late. Jeff Passan says the Rangers also showed interest in...
23-year-old Junior Lake will be added to Chicago’s 25-man roster and OF Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the DL before the Cubs open a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.
So the Twitter-verse exploded Thursday night with numerous reports that the Rangers and Cubs were nearing a deal to send Matt Garza to Texas for up to 3 prospects. Names were even bandied about that included the likes of Luke Jackson, C.J. Edwards and a position player that varied between Mike Olt, Luis Sardinas or Jorge Alfaro. When it came to getting some of the Rangers top 20...
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It appears that we’re close to having a winner in the Matt Garza sweepstakes.
FOXSports.com reports that the Rangers are close to acquiring Garza from the Cubs. According to the Sacramento Bee’s Joe Davidson, the deal, which involves six players, is “99 percent done” and the teams are now going over medical records.
The Cubs will receive a strong package of prospects for...
The Texas Rangers tried to acquire right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but an injury to Garza prevented the deal from happening.
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A couple days ago it seemed imminent that the Rangers and Cubs were close to a Matt Garza trade. The Rangers number 2 prospect, Mike Olt, was believed to be the center piece of the package. Their number 7 prospect, Luis Sardinas, was also thought to be included, along with Neil Ramirez and CJ Edwards. The Cubs may also have been adding a second player to the trade. Some thought...
It was recently reported that the Texas Rangers were almost
certain to land Chicago Cubs right-handed starting pitcher Matt Garza. Trade
talks between the Rangers and Cubs have since stalled, and Jon Heyman of CBS
Sports is now reporting that Texas is just one of many teams now in the mix for
To this point, it appears that Texas and Chicago made no