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Cubs roster move: Taylor Gushue recalled, Jose Lobatón to 60-day IL

The Cubs will try their fifth backup catcher of 2021.

Taylor Gushue bats during spring training 2021
Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The Cubs have not had much luck finding a suitable backup catcher for Willson Contreras this year.

Austin Romine was supposed to be the guy, but he was injured in spring training, played in just six regular-season games and then got hurt again.

Romine, Tony Wolters, P.J. Higgins and Jose Lobatón have combined to hit .075/.117/.090 (5-for-67) with one double and 28 strikeouts. That’s... awful.

Lobatón, the most recent occupant of the position, went 0-for-11 and in six games, allowed seven stolen bases and didn’t throw any potential base stealers out. Then he suffered a serious shoulder injury at the end of Tuesday’s loss in Milwaukee.

Thus the Cubs are going to try someone new:

Taylor Gushue was the Pirates’ fourth-round pick in 2014 from the University of Florida. He spent time in the Pirates and Nationals systems and the Cubs signed him to a minor-league deal this past offseason. He is 27 and has not yet played in the major leagues.

In 36 games at Triple-A Iowa, Gushue is hitting .272/.328/.440 (34-for-125) with six doubles and five home runs. He’s a switch-hitter, which could be of some help.

Hopefully, Gushue can fill the spot until the Cubs can find someone else who would be better than the quartet they’ve used to back up Willson so far this season.