Okay, so this series of Cubs roster moves does not settle the Cory Abbott call up (he still needs a spot on the active roster (Update: Brad Wieck was optioned to Triple-A Iowa)), but it is self contained.
Cubs have activated OF Jason Heyward from 10-day IL.
RHP Dakota Chalmers has been claimed off waivers from the Twins and optioned to Triple-A.
OF Nick Martini has been designated for assignment.
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) June 5, 2021
NOTE: Chalmers was optioned to Double-A, not Triple-A, as the initial reports indicate.
Okay, so this is how it works: Designating Nick Martini makes room for Jason Heyward on the active roster and for Dakota Chalmers, whom they’ve claimed off waivers from the Twins, on the 40-man roster. They’re immediately optioning Chalmers to Double-A Tennessee.
As for Chalmers, we’ll have more on him later (the Cubs lineup just came out as I’m typing this, so I want to jump on that), but for now, we can hit the basics: The A’s drafted Chalmers, 24, in the third round of the 2015 MLB Draft. And he’s not a non-prospect, even now. Baseball America had him as the 34th best prospect in the 2015 Draft and he was the Twins #24 prospect *this season* before coming over to the Cubs. He just reached Double-A for the first time this year, but was INSANELY wild (23.8% walk rate, and that’s not actually out of line with most of the stops along his minor league career). I’m just scouting the stat lines here, but it’s pretty clear that he’s also a big-time strikeout pitcher, so maybe the Cubs see some things they can tighten up and fix in their Pitch Lab. Again, we’ll dig in further later.
For now, it looks like Jason Heyward is finally back, but Jake Marisnick, whom we had expected to also join the Cubs in San Francisco this weekend from Iowa, is not just yet.
UPDATE on Marisnick:
Marisnick took BP today. Going through running/agility work today in San Fran. Ross says there's still been some soreness from playing for the outfielder. Will get another day off and be reassessed day to day.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 5, 2021
Meanwhile, the Cubs now have 7 days to trade, waive, or release Nick Martini.