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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

8/10 Roster moves

The Cubs selected the contract of outfielder Darnell McDonald from Triple-A Iowa and optioned catcher J.C. Boscan to Triple-A. To make room for McDonald on the 40-man roster, outfielder Thomas Neal was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. McDonald, who will wear uniform No. 16, arrived in time for Saturday’s game.

McDonald, 34, owns a .246 batting average (175-for-711) with 38 doubles, five triples, 19 home runs and 78 RBI in 306 big league games with Baltimore (2004), Minnesota (2007), Cincinnati (2009) and Boston (2010-12) and the New York Yankees (2012). He saw his most extensive major league action with the Red Sox in 2010, when he batted .270 (86-for-319) with 18 doubles, nine homers and 34 RBI in 117 games. He followed that up with 79 games with Boston in 2011 before combining to play 42 major league games for the Red Sox and Yankees last year.

Boscan, 33, was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday and did not appear in a game with the Cubs. He is batting .253 (49-for-194) with nine doubles and 18 RBI in 62 games with Iowa this season.

Neal, 25, was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Monday and added to the active roster on Tuesday. He went hitless in four at-bats with the Cubs before suffering a dislocated right shoulder on Wednesday.

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

8/6 Cubs add Neal to roster

The Cubs added outfielder Thomas Neal to the 25-man roster on Tuesday and optioned right-handed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez to Triple-A Iowa. Neal, who will wear uniform No. 54, will be available for the first game of a three-game set against the Phillies. Neal, 25, was claimed off waivers Monday from the Yankees. He batted .325 (86-for-265) with 17 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI in 72 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate, turning in a .391 on-base percentage and a .411 slugging percentage, good for an .802 OPS.

He had his contract selected on June 14 and played in four games with the Yankees, batting .182 (2-for-11) in limited action. He was designated for assignment on Aug. 2.

Sanchez, 24, has no record and a 3.00 ERA (1 ER/3 IP) in three relief appearances for the Cubs. He was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on May 21 and has combined to go 1-1 with one save and a 3.71 ERA (14 ER/34 IP) in 28 relief appearances between Triple-A Iowa and Triple-A Memphis.

The Cubs had been carrying an extra pitcher in the bullpen with Sanchez on the roster. With the addition of Neal, the Cubs now have five players on the bench, seven in the ‘pen.

8/5 Cubs claim Neal

The Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the Yankees on Monday. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Neal, 25, batted .325 with 17 doubles, two home runs and 29 RBI in 72 games with the Yankees’ Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre affiliate. He played primarily the corner outfield spots. The Yankees designated him for assignment on Aug. 2.

A right-handed hitter, Neal was originally selected by the Giants in the 36th round of the 2005 Draft. He was acquired by the Indians at the 2011 trade deadline for Orlando Cabrera. Called up to the Majors last Sept. 1, he batted .217 (5-for-23) with one double and two RBI in nine games. He has batted .206 (7-for-34) in 13 Major League games covering the last two seasons with the Indians and Yankees.

Dolis has been on the DL since June 1 with a right forearm strain.

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