7/18 Lake to join Cubs
The Cubs were expected to promote infielder/outfielder Junior Lake to the big league team on Friday to take the roster spot of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, expected to go on the disabled list after he re-aggravated his hamstring in the first half finale. Lake, 23, was batting .295 at Triple-A Iowa with four home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases. Ranked ninth on MLB.com’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, Lake was slowed this season by a back injury, and did not join Iowa until June 6. This was his first year at the Triple-A level.
Bogusevic, 29, was batting .261 in 13 games with the Cubs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring July 4, and did not go on the disabled list at that time, but did not start until July 11. On Sunday at Wrigley Field against the Cardinals, he aggravated his leg chasing a ball, and came out of the game.
Lake’s promotion could be brief. Outfielder David DeJesus (sprained right shoulder) is working out in Mesa, Ariz., and could play in Rookie League games this week. If all goes well, he could be activated from the disabled list next week.
The Cubs are a little thin in the Minor Leagues in terms of outfield options. Ryan Sweeney is on the disabled list with fractured ribs. Outfielder Brett Jackson, on the Iowa team’s disabled list with a calf injury, also was working out in Mesa. The Cubs recently claimed outfielder Cole Gillespie off waivers from the Giants.
– Carrie Muskat