According to a source, Hart High graduate Chris Valaika has been called up by the Chicago Cubs and will be in uniform this weekend for a series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
Valaika, who was pulled from Thursday night's lineup, has played every infield position for Triple-A Iowa this year, including 52 games at first base, so he can back up Anthony Rizzo if needed. He's also played two games in the outfield. He's hitting .278/.344/.423 with 21 doubles and 10 home runs in 352 at-bats. Valaika played in 19 spring-training games for the Cubs this year, going 9-for-40, and in 127 major-league at-bats spread out over three seasons for the Reds and Marlins, has hit .244/.281/.362 with two home runs.
Valaika will be added to the 40-man roster, which will make 39 players on the 40-man, pending one more possible addition before Friday's game. If Kyuji Fujikawa is activated from the 60-day disabled list and added to the 25-man roster, that would fill the 40-man.
As always, we await developments.