The Chicago Cubs have placed third baseman Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique muscle, according to Manny Randhawa of MLB.com. To replace Valbuena on the roster, the Cubs promoted infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A.
Manager Dale Sveum told reporters that Valbuena began experiencing discomfort in his side last week. The pain arose again on Friday when he pinch-hit for Chicago, prompting the Cubs to make the roster move.
Valbuena has been a decent option for Chicago this season, hitting .225/.330/.372 with 13 doubles and nine home runs over 334 plate appearances. He's spent a little time at second base as well as in the outfield, but a majority of his games played have come at the hot corner.
Despite the loss of Valbuena, Sveum was excited about the addition of Watkins. The 23-year-old collected his first major-league hit yesterday in his debut after posting a batting line of .243/.333/.379 with 18 doubles, seven triples and eight home runs over 472 plate appearances in Triple-A.
"He's kind of a little exciting player that can run and
bunt, and obviously a left-handed hitter who can actually drive the ball and do
some things," Sveum said of Watkins. "He's always got on base and I'm
anxious to see him play up here."
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