Cubs make spate of ros­ter moves

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY RUS­SELL DORSEY, STAFF RE­PORTER rdorsey@sun­times.com | @Russ_Dorsey1

The Cubs op­tioned left-han­ders Rex

Brothers and Justin Steele to their al­ter­nate train­ing site in South Bend, In­di­ana, as ros­ters were trimmed from 30 to 28 on Thurs­day.

But Ma­jor League Base­ball and the MLB Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion agreed to keep ros­ters at 28 for the rest of the reg­u­lar sea­son and the post­sea­son and to ex­pand taxi squads from three to five play­ers. There was sup­posed to be an­other ros­ter cut from 28 to 26 in two weeks.

The Cubs also signed right-han­der

Kelvin Her­rera and left-han­der Matt Der­mody to mi­nor-league deals and as­signed both to South Bend.

Her­rera, 30, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment Wed­nes­day by the White Sox.

He strug­gled on the South Side, go­ing 3-3 with a 6.54 ERA in 59 ap­pear­ances for the Sox. Der­mody was pitch­ing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the in­de­pen­dent At­lantic League and was 2-0 with a 0.52 ERA in five games (four starts) be­fore sign­ing with the Cubs.

‘‘We’re gonna keep adding play­ers to the sec­ondary site,’’ gen­eral man­ager Jed

Hoyer said Satur­day. ‘‘We’re gonna keep taking a look at dif­fer­ent guys. I think things have gone well, but it’s ob­vi­ous that depth is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in the bullpen . . . . We’re go­ing to con­tinue to add arms, to add play­ers. We want to make sure that we have the right amount of depth, and that’s some­thing that has, un­for­tu­nately, needed to be uti­lized more than ever be­fore.’’

The Cubs’ 60-man player pool is now full. Quin­tana up­date

Left-han­der Jose Quin­tana (left thumb) is get­ting closer to re­turn­ing and cleared one of his fi­nal hur­dles by throw­ing a two-in­ning sim­u­lated game in South Bend. Quin­tana threw 35 pitches and now will be on his nor­mal five-day rou­tine. He will throw a bullpen ses­sion Satur­day.

‘‘I watched his out­ing,’’ man­ager David

Ross said. ‘‘Ev­ery­thing looked clean, got all his pitches in. I saw a mix of the changeup, the cut­ter, the break­ing ball and the fast­ball. He was throw­ing all four pitches to­day. So all that’s a pos­i­tive.’’ Sched­ul­ing changes

The Cubs have two sched­ul­ing changes in their up­com­ing games. Their game Thurs­day against the Brewers was sched­uled to start at 3:05 p.m., but it has been se­lected for a na­tional tele­cast by Fox and now will be­gin at 6:15 p.m.

The Cubs and Reds will make up their rain­out July 30 as part of a dou­ble­header fea­tur­ing two seven-in­ning games on Satur­day, Aug. 29. Game 1 will be­gin at 3:10 p.m.

GETTY IMAGES

The Roy­als’ Adal­berto Mon­desi gets tan­gled with the Cubs’ Javy Baez while slid­ing into sec­ond in the third in­ning.

Kelvin Her­rera

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