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Cubs Promote Jeimer Candelario, Send Chris Coghlan To Disabled List

The Cubs have made a somewhat-unexpected roster move.

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Saturday, Chris Coghlan left the game with what was described as "right rib soreness." According to Carrie Muskat:

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Coghlan felt something on a checked swing, but Coghlan said he’s been battling some discomfort for a few days.

Since Tommy La Stella was in the midst of a rehab assignment, I speculated in the game recap that Coghlan might go to the DL and TLS would be activated.

Half of that turned out to be true:

So the Cubs promote yet another prospect. Candelario was hitting poorly at Double-A Tennessee, but has been raking since his promotion to Triple-A Iowa: .333/.452/.600 with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs in 75 at-bats. He hit .350/.381/.675 with three home runs in 40 at-bats in spring training this year.

Candelario, a switch-hitter, has played primarily third base (with a bit of time at first base) in the minor leagues this year. Given Joe Maddon's propensity for wanting versatility on his roster, it would not surprise me to see Candelario tried in the outfield, as Joe did with Willson Contreras.

Welcome Jeimer to the big leagues. No 40-man roster move was required here as Candelario was already on the 40-man. He wore uniform no. 75 in spring training this year, but I imagine that'll change.