7/8 Cubs release Perez

The Cubs released outfielder Fernando Perez on Friday. He was batting .238 at Triple-A Iowa.

“It just became a situation where we did not project him being able to come up and help like we wanted him to do,” GM Jim Hendry said of the outfielder, acquired in the Matt Garza deal. “He can run but the bat didn’t come around like we thought and neither did his outfield play.”

With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now at 39.

— Carrie Muskat

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