Luis Valbuena put on DL, Cubs recall Logan Watkins
Chicago Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained muscle he suffered on his right side.
To replace Valbuena, the Cubs recalled their Triple-A infielder Logan Watkins and immediately inserted him into the lineup at second base against the Dodgers, says The Associated Press. Watkins batted seventh, and was hitting .243 with eight home runs in 107 games while playing for Triple-A Iowa.
He will hopefully be an upgrade over Valbuena who was hitting just .225 with nine home runs over 89 games for the Cubs this season. The call up of Watkins also gives the Cubs flexibility with the infield as second baseman Darwin Barney can at times relieve Starlin Castro at second, according to The Associated Press.
Watkins hopes to bring a strong plate presence to the Cubs, who traded away most of the team it seemed leading up to the trade deadline.
“That’s a big part of my game, drawing walks,” said Watkins, who has a career on-base percentage of .365 in the minors. “This is the first year I’ve ever hit leadoff in Triple-A. I’ve always been the two-hole hitter. I was learning a lot. It was a good year for me as far as learning a lot and getting better.”
Watkins will also be able to help the Cubs in the outfield at times, according to SB Nation, which the Cubs are probably thankful for since they were down to just four outfielders (Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus, Junior Lake, and Cole Gillespie) on their roster.
The call up is more or less an audition for next season for Watkins, and for many of the young Chicago players, and the Cubs hope he can continue to show the same plate discipline during his time in the majors.