Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Roster Moves: Cubs place Rafael Ortega on 60-day IL, call up outfielder


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NEW YORK – The Chicago Cubs today placed outfielder Rafael Ortega on the 60-day injured list with a left ring finger fracture and selected outfielder Jared Young from Triple-A Iowa.

Young will wear uniform number 74 and looks to make his major league debut tonight when the Cubs play the Mets at 6:10 p.m. CT at Citi Field.

Young, 27, is hitting .228 (90-for-395) with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs, 57 RBI and 40 walks in 108 games for Iowa this season and has seen time at first base (42 games), third base (40 games), left field (20 games), second base (six games), right field (four games) and designated hitter (four games).

Selected by Chicago in the 15th round of the 2017 draft out of Old Dominion University, the left-handed batting Young is a career .261 (441-for-1,692) hitter with 82 doubles, 14 triples, 47 home runs and 245 RBI in 462 career minor league games spanning five minor league campaigns. He was the Cubs Minor League Player of the Year in 2018, combining to hit .300 (134-for-447) with an .842 OPS with 19 doubles, eight triples, 16 home runs and 76 RBI in 120 games between Single-A South Bend and Myrtle Beach.

Ortega, 31, has hit .241 (76-for-316) with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 35 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 118 games for Chicago this season.

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