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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

8/25 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Mike Olt went 4-for-4, hitting a double, a home run, and driving in two runs in Iowa’s 8-5 win over Memphis. Dave Sappelt, Brad Nelson and Tim Torres each had two hits. Alberto Cabrera picked up the win in relief of Casey Coleman, who gave up three runs over five innings.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs, none earned, over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Mobile. Justin Bour and Rubi Silva each hit home runs.

Corey Black gave up three runs, two earned, over five innings in Daytona’s 7-3 win over Tampa. Kris Bryant had two hits and two RBIs.

Tayler Scott gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 5-3 win over Wisconsin. Oliver Zapata had two hits, including a double and a triple. Trevor Gretzky had two hits, including a triple.

Duane Underwood gave up one run over five innings in Boise’s 2-1 win over Hillsboro, which moved the Hawks into a first-place tie. Jacob Rogers had three hits and one RBIs.

Ryan Sweeney was 0-for-2 in a rehab outing in Mesa’s 4-2 win over the Angels. Rafael Dolis, sidelined all season with a strained right forearm, walked one and struck out one in one inning. Jesse Hodges had two hits, as did Alex Sanchez.

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

5/10 Fujikawa back

The Cubs activated Kyuji Fujikawa from the 15-day disabled list, and optioned pitcher Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa. Fujikawa, 32, has been on the DL since April 13 with a strained right forearm. In two rehab games, he threw three scoreless innings, giving up one hit and walking one while striking out two. On Wednesday, he needed 16 pitches to throw two scoreless innings for Double-A Tennessee.

In five relief appearances with the Cubs before he was injured, Fujikawa is 1-0 with two saves and a 12.46 ERA.

Dolis, 25, did not give up an earned run in two relief appearances over two games with the Cubs. He had a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances at Iowa.

In other roster moves, reliever Kameron Loe was given his release. He was designated for assignment on Monday.

— Carrie Muskat

5/6 Sweeney, Dolis called up

The Cubs promoted outfielder Ryan Sweeney and pitcher Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa, and optioned outfielder Dave Sappelt to the Minor League team. Reliever Kameron Loe was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for Sweeney.

Sweeney was pulled from the second game of Iowa’s Sunday doubleheader and told by manager Marty Pevey that he was headed to the big leagues. Sweeney, 28, has played for the White Sox, Athletics and Red Sox, and has a career .280 batting average over seven seasons in the big leagues. Last season, he appeared in 63 games for the Red Sox, batting .260 with 16 RBIs. Boston released him on March 30, and he signed with the Cubs on April 2. A left-handed hitter, he was batting .337 in 23 games with six home runs, two doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs.

Sappelt was used in manager Dale Sveum’s platoon against left-handed pitchers. In 20 games with the Cubs, Sappelt was batting .178 (8-for-45). On Sunday, Loe gave up one run on one hit and two walks in one inning against the Reds, and has a 5.40 ERA in seven games.

In eight games with Iowa, Dolis has given up three runs on six hits and three walks over 7 2/3 innings, striking out seven.

— Carrie Muskat

3/24 Extra bases

* The competition for the last bulllpen spot is down to three pitchers after Rafael Dolis was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. It’s now down to Hisanori Takahashi, Zach Putnam and Cory Wade.

* Cubs outfielder Dave Sappelt was scratched from Sunday’s lineup because of a stiff neck. The outfielder was struck on the right side of his neck by a ball on the fly while sliding into third during Saturday’s game, and had a large bruise to show for it.

“They got me,” Sappelt said. “As soon as I peeked back, it hit me.”

He was expected to be sidelined two to three days.

* Brett Jackson, who has been sidelined because of inflammation in his right shoulder, was expected to resume playing this week, although it could be in a Minor League game.

“They’ll be smart about easing me back into it,” Jackson said.

He doesn’t have any problems hitting, and was able to hit off a batting tee on Saturday, and planned on doing the same Sunday.

* Ian Stewart was examined on Sunday by the team orthopedic specialist, and will begin a rehab assignment in two weeks if he continues to progress. Stewart has been sidelined with a sore left quad since Feb. 21.

— Carrie Muskat

2/24 Extra bases

* Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro will be using custom designed Wilson gloves this year, which Barney created. The gloves have the players’ signatures stitched in red and there is Cubs blue trim. Barney said he didn’t add any gold in honor of him winning his first Gold Glove trophy.

“We don’t have gold in our team colors,” he said. “[Castro] and I wanted the same colors.”

The Gold Glove award is sponsored by Rawlings, and Barney will not have a patch or anything else on his glove.

“People know,” he said. “We don’t need to remind them.”

* So far, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez have held their own early in camp.

“Like I keep saying, Soler keeps showing more and more poise at the plate,” Dale Sveum said of the Cubs two top prospects. “He’s not a premeditated swinger for a young guy. He gets a good look at the ball before he swings the bat. They’re impressive. Baez gets the guy over, hits a missile to right field, does a nice job at shortstop. So far, they’re living up to the hype a little bit.”

* If you’re traveling to Glendale on Monday for the Cubs game against the Dodgers, here’s the lineup:

Valbuena 2B
Barney DH
Schierholtz RF
Hairston CF
Nelson 1B
McDonald LF
Castillo C
Lake 3B
Gonzalez SS

* Video staffer Nate Halm beat reliever James Russell on Sunday in the second round of the Cubs bunting tournament. Also advancing was bullpen catcher Andy Lane, Edwin Maysonet and Travis Wood.

* Rafael Dolis apparently is the designated time keeper. When he went onto the field for the pre-game stretch, he was wearing a large clock around his neck on a chain. At least he wasn’t late.

— Carrie Muskat

12/17 Winter ball update

Junior Lake hit a grand slam in the fifth inning Sunday to help Estrellas beat Gigantes, 5-3, in Dominican Winter League play. It was Lake’s fifth home run, and he was batting .324 overall with 23 RBIs in 41 games. Cubs pitcher Rafael Dolis picked up a hold in the game, striking out one and giving up one hit in one-third of an inning.

Tony Campana has finished his Venezuelan winter league assignment. He batted .231 in 16 games with Leones del Caracas, totaling eight stolen bases and compiling a .322 on-base percentage.

— Carrie Muskat

9/4 More September call-ups

The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis, and catcher Anthony Recker from Double-A Tennessee. All four players were available in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. All four players were with Triple-A Iowa before moving to Tennessee after Iowa’s season ended prematurely because games were cancelled by Hurricane Isaac.

* Rusin, 25, returns to the Cubs after making his Major League debut Aug. 21 in Milwaukee. He took the loss even though he held the Brewers to one run on one hit and two walks over five innings.  A fourth-round pick in 2009, Rusin was to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

* Chapman, 25, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career.  He was acquired from Atlanta with right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson on July 30.  Overall this season, Chapman combined to go 3-8 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in 50 relief appearances between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, Iowa and Tennessee.

* Dolis, 24, returns to the Cubs for his third big league stint this season.  A member of the Opening Day roster, Dolis was with the club through May 28 and from June 27-July 22, combining to go 2-4 with four saves and a 6.44 ERA in 27 relief appearances. With Iowa, he had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and was on the disabled list from July 27-Aug. 28 because of a strained left knee.

* Recker, 29, was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 27 for catcher Blake Lalli.  Recker was a member of the A’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on Aug. 20.  In parts of two Major League seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games.

— Carrie Muskat

7/30 Iowa Cubs moves

The Cubs have signed outfielder Jeff Frazier to a Minor League contract, and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Also, infielder Blake DeWitt and pitcher Rafael Dolis were placed on Iowa’s disabled list. DeWitt has a lower back strain and Dolis has a sore left knee. Both were sent to the Cubs complex in Mesa, Ariz., to rehab.
Frazer, 29, began the season with Reynosa in the Mexican League and hit .273 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games.  He also played in 23 games with Triple-A Toledo from May 3-June 16 this year and hit .190 with a homer and five RBIs before he was released.  It was his third stint with the Tigers’ organization.  The Tigers drafted Frazier in the third round of the 2004 Draft out of Rutgers University, and he was rated the Tigers‘ seventh-best prospect in 2005. Frazier made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 2010 and was 5-for-23 (.217) in nine games.  Last year, Frazier played at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals organization and batted .226 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 118 games.  Frazier hails from Toms River, NJ and was part of the city’s Little League World Series team in 1995.  His younger brother, Todd, plays for the Reds.
— Carrie Muskat