The Cubs made a few announcements today, the most immediately important of which is that DH/outfielder Franmil Reyes has been added to the roster. Acquired after he was designated for assignment by the Guardians, Reyes is a beefy slugger whose production has fallen off sharply this season. His acquisition has virtually no risk for a team that isn’t going anywhere and needs to see if it can find a little extra power in the meantime.
Reyes will bat fifth as the DH in Tuesday’s game against the Nationals.
In other news, Wade Miley will make a rehab start for Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday. The lefty hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 10 due to a shoulder issue that caused him to miss spring training and the first month or so of the season, but he pitched well in very limited action. His performance in rehab starts for South Bend and Iowa has left a bit to be desired, but this is more about stretching out and getting comfortable in live action.
Righty reliever Manny Rodriguez has not pitched for the Cubs at all this season after debuting last year, and he only managed two innings for Iowa before going down with an elbow issue. He remains on the 60-day IL but started throwing bullpens in late July and is slated to make an appearance in the Arizona Complex League on Tuesday.
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Maybe he’ll run into Adbert Alzolay when he’s out there. Alzolay hasn’t returned to competition yet, but he threw live BP on Monday at the Cubs facility and could start working up to games soon. One of the batters Alzolay faced was none other than Brennen Davis, who is planning to be back prior to the end of the season.
That’s some pretty exciting news on the injury front, folks.