Cubs Roster Moves: Suzuki to the IL, Gsellman DFA'd, Hughes Called Up

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Cubs Roster Moves: Suzuki to the IL, Gsellman DFA’d, Hughes Called Up

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Unfortunately, the workouts today only confirmed that Seiya Suzuki’s sprained left ring finger was not where it needed to be, so he’s now hitting the Injured List. That sucks.

It also sucks that the Cubs have such a full 40-man roster – with virtually everyone already in use or injured – that they have to DFA someone just to make room for an addition to take Suzuki’s spot on the roster.

So, the moves before tonight’s game: Suzuki to the 10-day IL, retroactive to May 27, Brandon Hughes called up, and Robert Gsellman designated for assignment. Yes, the same Robert Gsellman who just pitched earlier today. If you’re wondering why Hughes needed a 40-man roster spot to be called up – when he’d already been up this year – it’s because his previous call-up was as a COVID replacement, and those guys don’t actually join the 40-man roster. Wild, I know.

As for Gsellman – who joins Steven Souza as guys the Cubs have DFA’d in between double-header games the last few years – the results weren’t there with the Cubs, and the stuff always looked pretty flat to me. I think it was completely reasonable for the Cubs to give him a decent look this year, but I also think it was reasonable to decide that today was the day to move on. He will presumably hit the waiver wire, and if unclaimed, he will be able to decide whether he wants to head to Iowa or become a free agent.


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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.