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Latest Chicago Cubs Injuries and Roster Moves

The Cubs made a flurry of roster moves. Bote to the IL. Rivas and Effross selected. Jewell and Meisinger DFA'd.
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The Chicago Cubs made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday afternoon. Here is what you need to know:

David Bote

Following David Bote's late scratch from last night’s lineup, he received X-rays on his ankle, which came back negative. The team is calling it a right ankle sprain. The weirdest part about the injury, he hurt it jogging before the game, accidentally stepping on a baseball. Although the x-rays came back negative, the Cubs placed Bote on the 10-day injured list today.

In Bote’s place, the Cubs selected first baseman Alfonso Rivas, who will get his first crack at the big leagues. Rivas is a 24-year-old left-handed hitter who is slashing .284/.405/.411 at Triple-A Iowa this season. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s, Rivas has produced at least a 123 wRC+ at each minor league level. His in-game power is a little below average, but he gets on-base a ton.

Bullpen

The Cubs also designated two relief pitchers for assignment, right-handers Jake Jewell and Ryan Meisinger. In 17.1 combined innings pitched, they allowed a combined seven home runs and each had ERAs above nine. The Cubs optioned Jewell to Triple-A Iowa on August 26 to make room on the 40-man roster.

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With a need for more capable arms in the bullpen, the Cubs selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Scott Effross. Effross is a 27-year-old who has been in the Cubs’ system since 2015 when he was drafted in the 15th round. After making many adjustments, he has found success this season with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. In 60.2 IP across AA and AAA, he has a 3.41 ERA and has struck out 66 batters with only 15 walks.

As meaningless as these games seem right now, it’s a great time to get a look at some of these guys. We’ll see if Rivas and Effross can find big league success in hopes of carving out a more permanent role in 2022.

Speaking of players the Cubs need to see more of, Adbert Alzolay tossed a bullpen session today as he attempts to return from a hamstring strain. Alzolay remains a question mark when it comes to his future in the Cubs' rotation. The stuff is there, but he has struggled versus left-handed hitters, allowing a whopping 19 home runs and .405 wOBA against them this year.

Willson Contreras

Willson Contreras looks to be on track to return soon as well. Per Patrick Mooney he will head out for a rehab assignment next week.

The new unofficial captain of the team caught a bullpen and ran the bases today. With the Cubs going nowhere right now, they won't rush him back. If he's healthy, he'll play, and he can help mentor some of these young ballplayers, so this is a great sign.