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Cubs roster move: Jose Martinez recalled, Josh Osich optioned

The Cubs will have an extra bat starting tonight.

Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Cubs lefthander Josh Osich got hit pretty hard in Saturday’s loss to the Twins, and now they’ll do with one fewer lefthander, for a few days at least.

The team announced they had recalled Jose Martinez from the South Bend alternate site and optioned Osich back to South Bend. With fewer than 10 days remaining in the season and an optionee having to remain at the alternate site for at least 10 days, that probably ends Osich’s season with the Cubs.

Whether Martinez is any help or not remains to be seen. The photo you see above is literally the only photo available to me of him in a Cubs uniform, because he did pretty much nothing in his six games with the Cubs after his acquisition from the Rays August 30. Martinez went 0-for-14 with a walk and three strikeouts.

My guess is that this is a temporary move and that Martinez heads back to South Bend in a day or two when Jose Quintana is ready to be activated, which could be during the upcoming series in Pittsburgh.

As always, we await developments.