Cubs Designate Schierholtz and Activate Fujikawa


In what seems to be a roller coaster of events with the Cubs roster lately, today two more moves were made by the front office.

A season after hitting 21 home runs and driving in 68 runs, Cubs outfielder Nate Shierholtz was designated for assignment due to his subpar performance this season. Schierholtz is hitting .192 with a six homeruns and 33 RBIs in 99 games.

For those who don’t know exactly what designated for assignment means, here is a good description on what they must do with the player:

  • Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
  • Make one of the following contractual moves:
  1. Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
  2. Trade the player
  3. Release the player
  4. Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues

The Cubs also activated reliever Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list. Fujikawa underwent Tommy John surgery almost 14 months ago and has only made an appearance in 12 games since singing a two-year, $9.5 million deal.

Fujikawa will be available out of the bullpen tonight for the Cubbies as they take on the Rockies in the second game of a three game series.

The Cubs beat the Rockies in 12 innings last night after a game-winning blast from rookie Javier Baez.