Cubs Claim Alex Burnett Off of Waivers, Expected to Place Kyuji Fujikawa on DL Today

alex burnett twinsThe Chicago Cubs are expected today to place reliever Kyuji Fujikawa on the disabled list with what was suspected to be a recurrence of the forearm strain that cost him nearly a month of action already this season. It sucks, as Fujikawa was pitching quite well. It could suck even more if the injury proves to be more serious than that, but we’ll have to wait on the results of further medical investigation to know.

Possibly in his place, the Cubs have claimed reliever Alex Burnett off of waivers from the Orioles. The 25-year-old righty was pitching well at AAA for the Orioles in limited duty after a solid 2012 season for the Twins, in which he threw 71.2 innings of 3.52 ERA ball. Of course he didn’t strike anyone out, so it’s fair to be a little suspicious of the stuff. He was a quality relief prospect on his way up the Twins’ system, though, so there’s a little to dream on here.

Given the interesting fringe options the Cubs already have at AAA, I’m a bit surprised they’ve gone outside of the organization on this one, but, as we know, they’re into talent accumulation right now, however possible. So, even if they liked their guys at AAA, if they liked Burnett, too – and apparently they did – they were going to grab him regardless.

We’ll see what the official announcement says, but it remains possible that Eduardo Sanchez – who is apparently no longer with AAA Iowa – is called up to take Fujikawa’s spot, and Burnett could head to Iowa. It sounds tentatively like Burnett will be the guy, though.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster was at 39, so there is no need for a corresponding move to pick up Burnett.

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18 responses to “Cubs Claim Alex Burnett Off of Waivers, Expected to Place Kyuji Fujikawa on DL Today”

  1. Ryan

    I think he’s 25, not 29.

  2. Ryan

    No problema. I was worried about a 29 year old with one good year in the majors, but this actually seems like an okay move.

  3. cubmig

    Fringe guy? Sounds like a gamble taken by gamblers……must be those numbers impressing. Oh well, we’re not winning anyway. May as well go all in on whomever is waived. Nothing to lose.

  4. nkniacc13

    OK if he was DFA on Thur and the cubs have him then Bowden who was DFA’d before that is either not been claimed or multi claims and cubs working on a trade right?

    1. tim815

      He was DFA’d. I don’t know if he has started through the waiver process or not.

      1. nkniacc13

        well he was DFA’d 7 days ago so we should be hearing something soon. Im just surprised that Burnett was dfa’d thur and news on him has happened but on Bowden nothing has come out.

  5. Koyie Hill Sucks

    I hope camp is DFA’d after he comes back from the DL. They will probably give him some few outings so after he sucks in those I hope they DFA him.

  6. cubbie blue

    Kane County Cougars center fielder Albert Almora left the game due to an injured leg.

    Not a good sign I hope it is not bad.

  7. Kenster

    Well that’s a bummer. Seems like a Bowden with low k totals… I was hoping for a Blake Parker, Negrin type

  8. jay

    WTF is up with Fuji??? The guy is addicted to the DL.

  9. jt

    April – June 2012 Alex Burnett was great.
    July – Sept 2012 Alex Burnett was awful.

  10. North Side Irish

    So if Burnett is taking Fuji’s spot, then why is Sanchez no longer at Iowa? Short stay in the majors for Burnett?

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