10/9 Roster moves

Outfielder Darnell McDonald, catcher J.C. Boscan and right-handed pitcher Trey McNutt cleared waivers and were outrighted off the Cubs’ 40-man roster on Wednesday. The Cubs also announced that outfielder Thomas Neal and right-handed pitchers Rafael Dolis and Zach Putnam were activated from the 60-day disabled list, cleared waivers and were outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster. With the moves, the Cubs’ 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.

McDonald, 34, spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa. He batted .302 in 25 games with the Cubs. Boscan, 33, also spent the majority of the season at Iowa, batting .232 in 74 games, and appeared in six games with the Cubs in September.

McNutt, 24, a 32nd round pick in 2009, pitched in 27 games in relief at Double-A Tennessee, compiling a 4.60 ERA in 31 1/3 innings. The right-hander showed great promise after going 10-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 starts in 2010, but was slowed by injuries. He never reached Triple-A level.

Putnam, 26, appeared in 17 games at Triple-A Iowa and five games with the Cubs, all in relief, before he was shut down with a bone spur in his right elbow. Dolis, 25, made five appearances with the Cubs before he was placed on the disabled list June 1 with a strained right forearm.

Neal’s stay with the Cubs was brief. The 26-year-old outfielder was selected off waivers from the Yankees on Aug. 5, appeared in two games with the Cubs Aug. 6-7, but had to leave the second game in the seventh in Philadelphia when he dislocated his right shoulder making a throw.

— Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

I dont think the Cubs will miss Boscan or McDonald. I am sure, I wont.
Putnam at only 26, who really knows? But with injury problems, a very poor showing in 5 games at the ML level, plus, the Cubs needing to free up a few Roster spots, (possible trades or FA signings) I find this very understandable.
Thomas Neal’s very short stay was disappointing for me. Getting injured in his 2nd game, I was looking forward to seeing if he could produce. He was only 26 and with the OF the Cubs had last year, Sweeny, Bogusvic, DeJesus, Soriano, it would have been nice to see if a more youthful player had anything to offer. Maybe a Minor League conract may be offered.
McNutt with his arm injury, very disappointing. I know nothing of his injury, how bad? But for Management just to release him, it may be very serious or that Roster spot it really needed.
Dolis, the same as McNutt. Dolis showed some promise at times, but how bad is that injury? Dolis & McNutt, hopefully they are offered Minor League contracts if there is a chance of full recovery.

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