9/19 It’s official: Clevenger, Dolis added to roster
The Cubs made it official and selected the contract of catcher Steve Clevenger and recalled right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis from Double-A Tennessee. Clevenger will wear No. 51; Dolis No. 66. The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 40 players, while the active roster stands at 32 players.
Clevenger, 25, reaches the big leagues for the first time in his six-year professional career. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2006 Draft. A left-handed batter and right-handed thrower, he was a mid-season Southern League All-Star for the Smokies for the second year in a row, batting .295 with 27 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 39 RBIs and 39 strikeouts in 95 games.
Clevenger also played at Triple-A Iowa, and hit .407 in 25 games. Overall, he hit .319 this season. He’s a career .308 hitter in six Minor League seasons with the Cubs.
Dolis, 23, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career after earning Southern League mid-season and post-season honors in 2011. The righthander went 8-5 with 17 saves and a 3.22 ERA in 51 appearances (four starts) with the Smokies. He tied for third in the league in saves and tied for 11th in wins. Dolis limited opponents to a .227 batting average, and gave up two home runs in 72 2/3 innings pitched. Originally signed by the Cubs on August 6, 2004, out of the Dominican Republic, his career was slowed when he needed Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on July 6, 2007.
– Carrie Muskat