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Cubs Make Flurry of Roster Moves on Saturday

The Cubs made a number of roster moves on Saturday, including promoting Mark Leiter Jr. and sending Alfonso Rivas to Iowa.
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With the third game of the Chicago Cubs' series with the Colorado Rockies just hours away, the team made a flurry of roster moves. Among the moves, Mark Leiter Jr. was recalled to start Saturday's game and first baseman Alfonso Rivas was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

As noted, Leiter Jr. is expected to start on Saturday for the Cubs. Alec Mills is not quite healthy yet, so a spot start will be required to bridge the Cubs from Marcus Stroman to Drew Smyly in the rotation. To make room for Leiter Jr., the Cubs sent Alfonso Rivas to Triple-A Iowa.

In addition, the Cubs made a few adjustments to their 40-man roster. RHP Cory Abbott and OF Greg Deichmann were designated for assignment, opening up two spots on the 40-man. Taking their places on the 40-man roster are Leiter Jr. and LHP Locke St. John.

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Of all the moves, the Rivas option is potentially the most puzzling. He hasn't received a fair shake at first base thus far. However, this might be an opportunity for him to receive more playing time in Iowa and continue his development. We won't know for sure, but there is plenty of time for fans to see Rivas again in Chicago.

What's On Tap Next?

The Cubs and Rockies will do battle at 7:10 p.m. CDT on Saturday. The teams wrap up their four-game set on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. local time. Currently, each team has a win in the series, making Saturday's game the potential difference between splitting the series and a series victory.