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9/6 Roster moves

Outfielder Dave Sappelt, who was designated for assignment on Monday to make room for Zac Rosscup, cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. On Friday, the Cubs announced that right-hander pitcher Michael Bowden and outfielder Cole Gillespie, who were both designated for assignment on Wednesday, had also cleared waivers and were assigned outright to Iowa’s roster.

7/11 Bowden back; Raley to Iowa

The Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and optioned lefty Brooks Raley back to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Raley pitched 4 1/3 innings on Wednesday night, the longest outing by a Cubs reliever this season. He was the 42nd player used by the Cubs, setting a franchise record for most players used before the All-Star break. Bowden compiled a 2.41 ERA in 13 games with Iowa, striking out 28 over 18 2/3 innings. The right-hander began the season with the Cubs, and posted a 3.78 ERA over 14 games in relief.

5/22 Camp to DL – UPDATED

Shawn Camp apparently has been bothered by his right toe for about a month but didn’t tell the Cubs until Sunday. On Wednesday, the Cubs placed Camp on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained right big toe, and recalled right-hander Rafael Dolis. Camp received treatment on Sunday, and the team hoped Monday’s off day would give him time to heal. On Tuesday, he served up a grand slam to pinch-hitter Travis Snider in the Pirates’ 5-4 win over the Cubs.

“I guess it’s been bothering him for about a month,” Dale Sveum said Wednesday. “He had treatment on Sunday to start the process and re-aggravated it and the inflammation got too bad. I think for awhile, it’s been too tough to push off the mound. We’ve got to give it time to settle down.”

Camp has a 7.56 ERA overall, and in six appearances this month has given up six runs on 10 hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings. The Cubs recalled right-hander Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa to take Camp’s spot in the bullpen.

On Sunday, the Cubs designated Michael Bowden for assignment. If they had known Camp’s injury was this serious at that time, they would’ve kept Bowden.

“We didn’t know it was that extensive,” Sveum said of Camp’s injury. “We talked [to him] and the arm was fine. … These guys are competitive, professional athletes who don’t like to use excuses, but sometimes it comes back to bite you, too.”

— Carrie Muskat

5/21 Cubs lineup & roster move

The Cubs open a three-game series against the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park. Here’s the lineup:

Borbon CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Hairston RF
Castillo C
Ransom 3B
Barney 2B
Garza P

* Right-handed reliever Michael Bowden was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Matt Garza, who will be making his first start in the big leagues since last July. He missed the second half of last season because of elbow problems, and has been sidelined this year because of a strained left lat, suffered in Spring Training.

* Also, the Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals. He will report to Iowa.

— Carrie Muskat

3/21 Fighting for last spot

The Cubs have nine games remaining starting Friday, and nine pitchers fighting for one opening in the bullpen.

Carlos Marmol, Kyuji Fujikawa, James Russell, Shawn Camp are set, plus the Cubs like what they’ve seen from right-hander Hector Rondon, a Rule 5 Draft pick. Michael Bowden, who is on the 40-man roster and does not have options left, has had a strong spring and appears to have secured a spot.

“He’s had a good spring, he has a track record, he pitched very well the last two or three months he was up last year,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Bowden, who compiled a 2.95 ERA in 30 relief appearances last season with the Cubs. “He’s basically the one guy in the bullpen who can go multiple innings and that’s a huge asset to have.”

Which leaves Jaye Chapman, Rafael Dolis, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker, Hisanori Takahashi, Casey Coleman, Drew Carpenter, Zach Putnam and Cory Wade remaining. Dolis is the only one on the list who is on the 40-man roster and the right-hander does have an option remaining. Takahashi is the only lefty in the mix.

“Realistically, there’s one relief spot open,” Sveum said.

— Carrie Muskat

12/11 Winter League updates

Junior Lake was 2-for-4 on Saturday with two RBIs for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican Republic. Lake was batting .336 in 38 games with four home runs and 19 RBIs. He’s hitting .579 (11-for-19) against left-handed pitchers.

Updating Michael Bowden’s last outing for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican: the right-hander gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings on Saturday. He’s now 3-3 with a 3.62 ERA in seven starts.

Dave Sappelt was batting .324 in 18 games with Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

Hector Rondon, whom the Cubs acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from the Indians, has a 4.26 ERA in 21 games in relief for Leones del Caracas in Venezuela. He’s given up nine earned runs on 13 hits and five walks, while striking out 11 over 19 innings. Teams were batting .197 against him.

Tony Campana was batting .205 with seven stolen bases in 14 games with Leones del Caracas.

— Carrie Muskat

12/3 Winter league roundup

Michael Bowden gave up one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings, striking out five, as Aguilas beat Licey in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. Bowden is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA in six starts so far with 17 strikeouts over 27 2/3 innings.

Junior Lake went 1-for-4 on Sunday to raise his batting average to .333 overall for Estrellas de Oriente. On Saturday, Lake was 1-for-3, hitting his fourth home run and driving in three runs.

Alberto Cabrera gave up one run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings in relief for Toros del Este, his fourth appearance in the Dominican.

Tony Campana was 1-for-3, drew two walks, scored a run and stole two bases Sunday for Leones del Caracas in Venezuelan Winter League play. He’s batting .148 in 10 games with five steals.

Luis Valbuena was 2-for-4 with one RBI on Sunday and was batting .325 in 34 games with Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela. He’s played second and third.

Dave Sappelt was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple on Saturday, playing for Bravos de Margarita in Venezuela.

— Carrie Muskat

11/27 Winter league update

* Alberto Cabrera gave up one run on three hits over four innings in relief on Monday for Toros del Este in Dominican Winter League play. It was the first earned run off the right-hander in 7 2/3 innings over three games.

Junior Lake started at third base and went 2-for-5 Monday for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican. He’s batting .333 in 30 games with two home runs, seven doubles and 11 RBIs.

Michael Bowden gave up one earned run on three hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings in his fifth start for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican. He is 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in five starts, striking out 12 over 20 2/3 innings.

* Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings and struck out six on Saturday in his fifth start for Aguilas del Zulia in Venezuela. The right-hander is 1-0 with one save and a 1.63 ERA in seven games (five starts), striking out 31 over 27 2/3 innings.

Jae-Hoon Ha was batting .224 in 26 games for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela. He went 1-for-3 on Sunday, hitting his first home run, a solo shot.

11/12 Getting back on track

After being hit with a 50-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug program, Marlon Byrd is now playing for los Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League. Byrd was batting .333 in 26 games with nine home runs, four doubles and 21 RBIs. He’s played right field in all but one game and was batting third. Byrd began the 2012 season with the Cubs but was dealt to the Red Sox after going 3-for-43 in 13 games. He batted .270 in 34 games with Boston, but was designated for assignment and then released in June. On June 25, Byrd was hit with the suspension.

Michael Bowden, whom the Cubs got from the Red Sox for Byrd, recently joined Aguilas in the Dominican Republic, and had a tough outing in his second start Nov. 7 when he gave up five earned runs and five hits over 1 1/3 innings. He gave up four hits over four innings in his first start Nov. 2.

— Carrie Muskat

9/17 Late night at Wrigley

Did you stay awake for the Cubs game? The start was delayed 3 hours 37 minutes because of rain, and first pitch was at 10:42 p.m. CT. It’s the latest a game has started at Wrigley Field since July 26, 2005, when the Cubs faced the Giants, and play began at 9:48 p.m. CT. In that game, Greg Maddux picked up his 3,000th strikeout, and play ended at 1:16 a.m. CT. This was the last trip to Chicago for the Pirates, who do not have an off day for the rest of the season. The fans who waited out the weather in the upper deck were moved to the lower level so some of the ushers could go home.

Fans who stayed were offered a 25 percent discount on food and non-alcoholic beverages. Cubs reliever Michael Bowden stood in the rain to sign autographs and pose for photos for fans who braved the weather.

Next up for the Cubs are the Reds, who had checked into their hotel long before first pitch. They’ll be rested for Tuesday’s night game.

“That’s a nice ballclub,” Dale Sveum said of the Reds. “That’s the same kind of ballclub we saw in Washington. You make mistakes and they have a chance to beat you up. It’s a really good ballclub and that’s why the Reds and Washington have the best records in baseball.”

The Cubs had a tough time against the Nationals, who swept a four-game series Sept. 3-6 in Washington, and outscored Chicago 31-10. The Reds’ magic number to clinch the National League Central at five.

“Nobody wants anybody to clinch on your turf, that’s for sure,” Sveum said. “It’s inevitable that they’ll clinch, you just don’t want them to do it on your place.”

 — Carrie Muskat