Via Tribune beat writer Mark Gonzales, we have news of a Cubs roster move for today:
Fujikawa reinstated from DL, Schierholtz DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) August 6, 2014
So for the moment, Junior Lake is still with the major-league Cubs, and the Cubs' one-day "experiment" with a seven-man bullpen is over, as Fujikawa takes Schierholtz' place on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
Kyuji Fujikawa returns to the active roster about 13 months after Tommy John surgery, which seems about an average length of time these days. If he throws well the rest of the year, he'll surely be in the mix for the 2015 bullpen.
However! We appear to have another move coming, if this report is correct:
There has been no corroboration of this report yet from any other reporter, so we'll have to wait and see what happens. Turner was designated for assignment by the Marlins earlier this week, so they could (and most likely will) pull him back from waivers and work out some kind of trade with the Cubs.
There was a time when Jacob Turner was highly sought after in trade from the Tigers; many people here, I know, wanted the Cubs to go after him two years ago, when he eventually was dealt to the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez trade. The Tigers' No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft (ninth overall pick), he has struggled at the major-league level... but is still just 23 years old> Perhaps he can be another Chris Bosio reclamation project.
Farewell to Nate Schierholtz, who had a fine year in 2013 but was pretty awful all of 2014. If this is it for Nate, unfortunately, his final big-league at-bat will be a double-play ball. I wish him well.
Have at it. We await further developments.