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Chicago Cubs News: David Bote placed on IL; Sergio Alcantara added from Iowa, Tyson Miller DFA

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Yesterday’s shoulder injury to David Bote forced the Cubs to make a move

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The Cubs today announced that infielder David Bote was placed on the 10-day injured list. To take his place, infielder Sergio Alcántara was added to the 40-man roster and promoted to Chicago. To make room on the roster, right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller was designated for assignment.

From the Cubs press release:

Alcántara, 24, has hit .328 (20-for-61) with two doubles, two home runs, six RBI and a .481 on-base percentage in 20 games for Iowa this season, drawing 18 walks compared to 16 strikeouts, to contribute to a .940 OPS. The switch-hitting middle infielder has played 18 games at shortstop and two at second base. Alcántara was claimed off waivers from Detroit, February 5 of this year prior to being outrighted, February 20.

My own personal observation is that Alcántara has been the best player in Iowa over the first few weeks of the season, providing both offense and defense.

Alcántara, 24, made his major-league debut with the Tigers last season, playing ten games and hitting .143/.217/.381. He’s been a Top 20 prospect in both the Diamondbacks and Tigers system and he was one of the players that the Tigers received from Arizona in the J.D. Martinez trade in 2017.

Bote injured his shoulder sliding into second base on Saturday. He had been hitting .194/.273/.333 with five home runs in 49 games.

Miller was the victim of the roster crunch. He made his major-league debut last season as well, pitching in two games and making one start. He has no record in the majors and a 5.40 ERA.

In Iowa this year, Miller started the season late because of an injury. He has pitched in three games for Iowa, making one start, and posting an ERA of 5.06 over 5 13 innings.

Alcántara will wear number 51 and is eligible to play in Sunday afternoon’s game.