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Rafael Dolis Optioned; Kameron Loe Gone

The Cubs made some roster moves Thursday, with no formal announcement.

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

It's not easy to find, via the photos available to us at SB Nation, a picture of Cubs reliever Rafael Dolis in action. The one you see at the top of this post is from last year.

Why is this? Dolis has had two stints with the 2013 Cubs, but they have totalled just five days on the active roster. He made one appearance in each stint, and has faced a total of eight hitters, retiring five of them. When you don't pitch much, the photographers don't have opportunities to take photos of you.

He'll have to face hitters in Des Moines for a while, because according to the Cubs' website transactions page, he has been optioned back to Triple-A Iowa. Just think of the frequent-flyer miles. (The I-Cubs are playing in Colorado Springs right now.) Dolis has a great arm, but has yet to harness his command. If he can ever do so, he might be an effective major-league reliever. Until then, he'll need to ply his trade in Triple-A.

Also from that page, we learn that Kameron Loe cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Iowa Thursday. As is his right, he declined the assignment and became a free agent. If he doesn't pitch in the big leagues again this year -- and given his poor performance for both the Mariners and Cubs, that seems a given -- he will have set a major-league record. No pitcher in major-league history has thrown 15 or fewer innings in a season and given up nine home runs, as Loe has. (Same for anyone who's faced 70 or fewer hitters in a season.)

Congratulations, Kameron, for this dubious honor.

The Dolis move was obviously made in anticipation of the activation of Kyuji Fujikawa from the disabled list; Fujikawa will join the team Friday night in Washington. That, presuming Fujikawa is healthy and productive, will be a big boost to a bullpen that sorely needs one.