Cubs place Jose Lobaton on 60-day IL, recall catcher from Triple-A


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Lobaton suffered a shoulder injury on the final play on Wednesday
Lobaton suffered a shoulder injury on the final play on Wednesday

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs today placed catcher Jose Lobaton on the 60-day injured list with a right shoulder sprain and selected catcher Taylor Gushue from Triple-A Iowa.

Gushue (pronounced GUSH-ooh) will wear uniform number 57 and is available for today’s 1:10 p.m. CT game against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field. He is looking to make his major league debut.

Gushue, 27, is hitting .272 (34-for-125) with six doubles, five home runs and 27 RBI in 36 games for Iowa after signing a minor league deal with Chicago in November of last year. The switch-hitter is batting .270 (24-for-89) with a .756 OPS against left-handed pitching.

In seven minor league seasons in the Pirates (2014-16), Nationals (2017-19) and Cubs chains, Gushue owns a .242 average (473-for-1,953) with 101 doubles, nine triples, 62 home runs and 291 RBI in 546 games. He reached the Triple-A level for the first time in 2018 after he was named a 2018 Eastern League mid-season All-Star. In 2017, he was a Carolina League mid-season and post-season All-Star after he earned 2016 Florida State League mid-season All-Star honors.

Selected by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Florida, he was acquired by Washington, September 26, 2016, for infielder Christopher Bostick.

Lobaton, 36, has appeared in six games for the Cubs since he was selected from Iowa, June 11, going hitless in 11 at-bats and drawing two walks. He has hit .179 (7-for-39) with three doubles, two home runs and nine RBI in 15 games with Iowa.

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