Cubs recall Caratini, send veteran to minors


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

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled catcher Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa. Catcher Chris Gimenez has been designated for assignment. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Caratini will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they conclude their two-game series against the Detroit Tigers at Wrigley Field.

A member of Chicago’s Opening Day roster, Caratini batted .262 (17-for-65) with three doubles and four RBI in 26 games for the Cubs before being optioned to Triple-A on May 25. With Iowa, Caratini has batted .313 (36-for-115) with seven doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI in 32 games. He has posted a .409 on-base percentage and a .478 slugging percentage, good for a .887 OPS. He has played 18 games at catcher, 12 at first base and one at third base with Iowa this season.

Caratini, 24, made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and batted .254 (15-for-59) with three doubles, one home run and two RBI in 31 games. The switch-hitting Caratini batted .342 (100-for-292) with 27 doubles, three triples, 10 home runs and 61 RBI in 83 games for Iowa last year. Named a Pacific Coast League All-Star, he turned in a .393 on-base percentage and a .558 slugging mark, good for a .951 OPS.

Gimenez, 35, batted .143 (4-for-28) with one RBI in 12 games with the Cubs. With Iowa, he batted .224 (26-for-116) with six doubles and seven RBI in 36 games.



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