#Cubs to add Almora, others

The Cubs were expected to activate Hector Rondon from the disabled list on Tuesday and call up outfielder Albert Almora Jr., infielder Munenori Kawasaki, catcher Tim Federowicz and right-handed reliever Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa.

Rondon, 28, has been on the DL since Aug. 17 with a right triceps strain.

Almora, 22, batted .303 in 80 games at Iowa with four home runs, 18 doubles, three triples and 43 RBIs. He appeared in 34 games with the Cubs from June 7-July 20, and hit .265.

Kawasaki, 35, who was up with the Cubs briefly and appeared in three games, hit .255 in 102 games at Iowa, stealing 20 bases.

Federowicz, 29, who appeared in 13 games for the Cubs from late April to early June, batted .293 in 65 games at Iowa, hitting eight home runs and 12 doubles and driving in 39 runs.

Patton, 28, appeared in 35 games at Iowa, and compiled a 1.00 ERA, giving up three earned runs over 36 innings while striking out 59. In 12 games with the Cubs, the right-hander has given up nine earned runs over 17 1/3 innings.

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I’m excited to see how Almora is going to do. In ready for it!

Aloha Isabel, I am excited to see Almora back too as well as Kawasaki-san! Carrie, is Murton going to be considered too for a call-up? Mahalo!

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Really wanted to see Murton

Sorry, but he wasn’t on the Cubs’ 40-man roster. It would’ve involved another roster move

Neither was Federowicz, why add a fourth catcher? Seems the Cubs wasted Murton’s time and talents signing him. When Tebow says he wants to play in the MLB, he only has to look as far as Matt Murton to realize he doesn’t have a chance. Murton doesn’t get an ounce of respect in the MLB yet he has hit over 300 most of his career.

Murton is a .286 lifetime MLB hitter and only hit over .300 in one season, his rookie year in which he only played 51 games. Plus he hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2009, so what on Earth are you talking about? As for Federowicz, he plays the most physically demanding position in the game and the three catchers ahead of him on the depth chart will all probably make the playoff roster, so having him around gives Maddon the chance to give some extra rest to those three playoff bound players.

I’m a big Matt Murton fan, but what’s the Cubs’ goal? I believe it’s to win, not be sentimental. Trying to connect Murton and Tebow is ridiculous. They have nothing in common other than they are athletes

-Federowicz, Kawasaki, Kalish plus lots of rookies and other fringe players got a shot at the big league this season, Murton was the only guy plus Andreoli who didn’t get a look, and he batted 320 most of the season. Very odd MLB career for Murton, lucky Hanshin realized his value and made him a star in Japan as well as a wealthy man. My comment regarding Tebow is simply both are corner outfielders, and if a truly professional baseball player like Murton who is a 100% better fielder and hitter than Tebow can’t get a job in the bigs, why does Tebow think he can?

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