Cubs place Almora Jr. on family medical emergency list, call up infielder


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Caylor Arnold - USA Today Sports
Caylor Arnold - USA Today Sports

SAN DIEGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed outfielder Albert Almora Jr. on the Family Medical Emergency List and recalled infielder David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their three-game series against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.

The 25-year-old Bote returns to the majors for his fourth stint this season. He has batted .300 (12-for-40) with two doubles, one homer and nine RBI in 19 games with the Cubs, clubbing his first major league homer on July 4 vs. Detroit. In 55 games with Iowa, Bote has hit .263 (56-for-213) with nine doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 38 RBI.

Bote was originally selected by the Cubs in the 18th round of the 2012 Draft. He enjoyed a breakout season last year with Double-A Tennessee, batting .272 (128-for-470) with 30 doubles, three triples, 14 homers and 59 RBI in 127 games while turning in a .792 OPS to earn mid- and post-season Southern League All-Star honors. Bote continued his strong 2017 by hitting .333 (23-for-69) with four homers, 14 RBI and a .931 OPS in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League to earn All-Star honors.

Almora, 26, is batting .319 (88-for-276) with a career-high 19 doubles, four homers and 28 RBI in 86 games with the Cubs this season. He enters Sunday ranked third in the National League in batting average.

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