As many Chicago Cubs fans around both the city of Chicago and around the world wait in gleeful anticipation for the appearance of highly touted prospect Kris Bryant running onto the field or perhaps taking his first at-bat, there are other stories and notes about in the Cubs organization that need to be brought to light. I’m not trying to be sacrilegious on this most hallowed and newly minted Cubs holiday of “Krismas” or “Kris Bryant Day,” but he’s not the whole team and other moves are being made. I’m not going to lie, I too am excited, but other matters need tending to. So let’s discuss these other issues on Cubs relevance and then we can get back to our “Krismas” celebration.
Of course, on a 25-man MLB roster, to call someone up or to add onto a roster a spot must be relinquished. To help make room for Kris Bryant’s call-up, third baseman Mike Olt and relief pitcher Neil Ramirez have been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Olt, 26, was recently hit by a pitch and although he has tried to tough it out, a hairline fracture is nothing to scoff at. He’s only batting .133 right now but he did have a very good Spring Training. Ramirez, 25, is suffering from right (throwing arm) shoulder inflammation. A recent MRI showed that nothing worse is going on inside which is good for Ramirez in the long run since he’s shown so much promise since becoming a Cub.
Sending them both to the DL also opens up one more spot on the active roster, and the Cubs brass has elected to activate outfielder (and former San Diego Padre) Chris Denorfia. I only mention that because it’s the Padres that the Cubs are facing off against this afternoon. Denorfia, 34, hasn’t played a regular season game yet this season as his hamstring issues date back to Spring Training. He will be on the bench today, but ready to go nonetheless.
Chicago Cubs vs San Diego Padres first pitch is at 1:20pm CT this afternoon. Tune in if you can. One day someone may ask you, “Where were you on Kris Bryant Day?”