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10/31 Free agent update

With the World Series now complete, the following Cubs players are free agents:

RHP Scott Baker
RHP Kevin Gregg
RHP Matt Guerrier
C Dioner Navarro

The Cubs’ 40-man roster now stands at 34.

Teams have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents for five days after the completion of the World Series. Baker, Gregg, Guerrier and Navarro will be free to begin negotiations with all 30 teams, starting at 11 p.m. CT on Monday. The Cubs’ quartet are among 147 players who have officially filed for free agency.

8/8 Roster moves

The Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Matt Guerrier and outfielder Thomas Neal on the disabled list Thursday, and added catcher J.C. Boscan and right-handed reliever Eduardo Sanchez to the roster from Triple-A Iowa. Guerrier was experiencing discomfort in his right elbow, and returned to Chicago on Thursday to be examined. Neal, claimed Monday off waivers from the Yankees, suffered a dislocated right shoulder making a throw Wednesday. Both injuries came in the seventh, when catcher Dioner Navarro injured his right ankle in a collision at home plate. Navarro, who had to be carted off the field, amazingly is not going on the DL. He has a right ankle contusion.

Boscan was batting .253 in 62 games at Iowa. He has not played since Sunday. Boscan, 33, has played in the Minors since 1997, and didn’t get called up to the big leagues until 2010, when he appeared in one game for the Braves. He’s been in 11 games total in the Majors from 2010-12, all with the Braves. Sanchez, claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on May 21, was with the Cubs earlier this month and appeared in two games before he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. He had yet to pitch for the Minor League team since his return.

With Guerrier and Neal added to the disabled list, the Cubs now have 10 players on the DL: Guerrier, Neal, Brian Bogusevic, Luis Valbuena, Scott Baker, Rafael Dolis, Kyuji Fujikawa, Zach Putnam, Ryan Sweeney and Arodys Vizcaino. Only Bogusevic and Valbuena were currently on the 15-day DL.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Cubs survive rough 7th; Guerrier out

It was a rough seventh inning for the Cubs in Wednesday’s win over the Phillies. Both outfielder Thomas Neal and catcher Dioner Navarro had to leave the game with injuries; Navarro getting carted off the field after a hard collision at the plate with Chase Utley. X-rays came back negative on Navarro’s right ankle — no fracture — and it was being evaluated as a contusion. After the game, Dale Sveum said it was “looking a little better than we thought.”

Neal, however, is headed to the DL with a dislocated right shoulder. He was injured while making a throw from left field.

“As soon as I released it, I knew something was wrong,” Neal told reporters in Philadelphia. “It kind of felt like a dead arm almost.”

The Cubs are short-handed at catcher. Welington Castillo and Navarro are the only catchers on the 40-man roster. On Monday, infielder Edwin Maysonet subbed at catcher because Luis Flores had to come out of the game. J.C. Boscan, the Iowa Cubs other catcher, was ill. Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Boise to Iowa, and was behind the plate Tuesday. Iowa had Wednesday off. Catchers at Double-A Tennessee include Rafael Lopez, who caught Eric Jokisch’s no-hitter on Tuesday, and Chad Noble.

On Thursday, reliever Matt Guerrier was headed to Chicago with soreness in his right elbow. He did pitch Wednesday, and struggled, giving up two hits and walking two in one-third of an inning. Guerrier allowed an inherited runner to score in the seventh, which tied the game at 2. He appears headed to the DL; Eduardo Sanchez was to join the Cubs’ pen.

Donnie Murphy hit a solo home run in the third and a three-run, tie-breaking homer in the ninth in the 5-2 Chicago win.

– Carrie Muskat

7/4 Numbers game

* When Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop get in a game, they will be the 40th and 41st players to appear for the Cubs this year. The team will have used 23 pitchers after both make their debut (warming up in the bullpen doesn’t count).

The Cubs’ record for players utilized prior to the All-Star break is 41, set in 2000. Last year, the Cubs used 40 players prior to the break, the only other time in franchise history the club reached at least 40 players at the midway point.

* The Cubs have set a new franchise mark by utilizing 21 pitchers before the All-Star break. The previous high was 20 in 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2005.

Last year, the Cubs utilized 53 different players, establishing a single-season club record for players. The previous record was 51 players, set in 2000.

* Only seven players on the current 25-man roster were on the 2012 Opening Day roster: Luis Valbuena, Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano, Darwin Barney, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Garza. At the same time, more than half of the players on the current 25-man roster — 13 — have joined the Cubs since the end of the 2012 campaign. Nine players on the current 25-man roster were not on the 2013 Opening Day roster.

7/3 Roster moves

The Cubs designated reliever Shawn Camp for assignment on Wednesday and optioned pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa to make room on the active roster for new relievers Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier.

Camp, 37, who was sidelined with a sprained right big toe in June, was 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 26 games with the Cubs. He gave up 34 hits and walked nine over 23 innings. Cubs manager Dale Sveum called the right-hander the MVP of the first half last year when Camp compiled a 2.80 ERA in 43 games. He hasn’t been as successful this season.

Rusin, 26, was called up to start on Tuesday in place of Scott Feldman, who was dealt to the Orioles earlier in the day. Against the Athletics, Rusin gave up three runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in the start, which he made on three days rest.

Strop and Guerrier were both acquired on Tuesday in separate deals. Strop was picked up from the Orioles along with Jake Arrieta, who was assigned to Triple-A Iowa, while Guerrier was acquired from the Dodgers for Carlos Marmol. Guerrier, 34, was 2-3 with three holds and a 4.80 ERA in 34 relief outings with the Dodgers before he was designated for assignment on Sunday.

Strop, 28, was one of the Orioles’ primary set-up pitchers last season, posting a 2.44 ERA in 70 appearances. This year, he missed time because of back problems, and was 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA in 29 relief appearances.

– Carrie Muskat

7/2 Scouting report

Cubs closer Kevin Gregg was a teammate of Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop last year with the Orioles, and was with Matt Guerrier on the Dodgers in Spring Training. When he heard that the Cubs had acquired Arrieta and Strop on Tuesday, he was surprised.

“I couldn’t believe when I heard it, that we got both Arrieta and Pedro,” Gregg said Tuesday. “That’s two big pickoffs. Stuff-wise, you’re looking at two good arms.”

The Cubs sent Scott Feldman to the Orioles for Arrieta and Strop, and dealt Carlos Marmol to the Dodgers for Guerrier. Strop and Guerrier were expected to join the team and be in the bullpen on Wednesday, while Arrieta will go to Triple-A Iowa.

“Strop had a great year last year, and was part of the best bullpen in baseball,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “This year has not been going so good. I guess he was on the [disabled list] with back problems. We’re getting a power arm. Guerrier will be a guy you can use in multiple roles, like [Carlos] Villanueva is for us now.”

Gregg said both Arrieta and Strop have good arms and a good mix of pitches.

“Pedro is a great bullpen guy,” Gregg said. “He had an outstanding year last year and just got in a funk this year. I think it’ll be good to get him here and get him pitching. He needs to pitch more to be successful.”

In 2012, Strop compiled a 2.44 ERA in a career-high 70 games, striking out 58 over 66 1/3 innings. He has a 7.25 ERA in 29 games this season with the Orioles. Maybe the right-hander needs a change of scenery?

“It could be good for him,” Gregg said of Strop. “He left Texas and came to Baltimore and did outstanding, and then got in a funk again. When he came to Baltimore, we weren’t winning, and he got in a groove and ran with it. He had a couple rough outings and got pushed to the side a little. I’m excited. It’s a great pickup for the Cubs.”

Gregg, who in the Dodgers camp this spring, also talked to Guerrier about his role. The newest Cubs pitcher had a 4.80 ERA in 34 appearances with the Dodgers.

“He’s a solid reliever who has been there, done that,” Gregg said of the right-hander. “The change of scenery could help him, too. We talked a little in Spring Training because he was under the microscope in spring with the situation the way it was there.”

– Carrie Muskat

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