Roster moves: Cubs place David Bote on IL, call up infielder, DFA pitcher


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David Bote was forced to exit Saturday's game after separating his left shoulder while sliding. (Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)
David Bote was forced to exit Saturday's game after separating his left shoulder while sliding. (Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder David Bote on the 10-day injured list with a dislocated left shoulder and selected infielder Sergio Alcántara from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the 40-man roster for Alcántara, right-handed pitcher Tyson Miller has been designated for assignment.

Alcántara will wear uniform number 51 and is available for today’s 1:20 p.m. CT game against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

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.

Alcántara made his major league debut with the Tigers last season, appearing in 10 games and batting .143 (3-for-21) with a triple, home run and RBI while seeing time at both second base (six games) and third base (six games).

Alcántara owns a .258 career average (600-for-2,327) with 88 doubles, 14 triples, 11 home runs and 193 RBI in 651 minor league games between the Arizona (2013-17), Detroit (2017-20) and Cubs organizations. He has appeared primarily at shortstop (563 games) in the minors as well as second base (75 games) and third base (five games).

Tabbed by Baseball America as possessing the “best infield arm” in the Tigers system following the 2019 season, Alcántara originally signed with Arizona as a non-drafted free agent in July of 2012. He was acquired by Detroit in a four-player deal that sent outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks, July 18, 2017.

Bote, 28, is hitting .194 (28-for-144) with five doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI in 49 games for Chicago this season.

Miller, 25, has no record and a 5.06 ERA (3 ER/5.1 IP) in three games (one start) for Iowa this season. He made his major league debut last season, appearing in two games (one start) for Chicago with no record and a 5.40 ERA (3 ER/5.0 IP).

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