After trying to tough out a wrist/finger injury for a few days, Kris Bryant went on the injured list Saturday. The placement was too late to add someone to the active roster for Saturday’s game, but the Cubs have now made that corresponding roster move.
Ian Miller, a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, has been added to the Cubs’ active 28-man roster from the alternate team site in South Bend. He’s also been added to the 40-man roster, as he had not previously been on that list. To make room for Miller on the 40-man, righthanded pitcher James Norwood has been transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 45-day injured list. This likely ends Norwood’s season.
Miller is 28 and went 3-for-17 for the Twins last year. The Cubs signed him as a free agent last December. He had quite a bit of speed in the minor leagues, stealing 243 bases in 294 attempts, including 35 in 42 attempts last year in Triple-A. This will give David Ross some flexibility in using Miller as a pinch-runner late in games, or as a defensive replacement.
Miller went 13-for-35 (.371) with a .450 OBP and eight stolen bases in 20 games in spring training this year for the Cubs.
He’ll wear uniform number 6.
Lastly, the Cubs have signed infielder Patrick Wisdom to a minor league contract and assigned him to South Bend. The 60-man Player Pool roster stands at 58 players, with 28 active players (plus four 10-day injured list players) in Chicago and 26 players in South Bend.
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