Cubs select contract of RHP Buchanan; activate OF Coghlan, RHP Smith from 15-day DL
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The Cubs today activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the 15-day disabled list, activated right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.
All three players will be available for the Cubs Thursday when they begin their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Buchanan will wear uniform No. 43.
Coghlan, 31, has combined to hit .165 (35-for-212) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 78 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a right rib contusion. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and a 1.118 OPS with Iowa.
Coghlan rejoined the Cubs through a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games. Last season, Coghlan set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland Feb. 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.
Smith, 32, was acquired by the Cubs from the Angels on Aug. 1 and is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 4.14 ERA (19 ER/41.1 IP) in 44 relief appearances between the clubs this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain. He made two rehab outings with Iowa this week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings.
In his career, Smith is 40-27 with a 2.97 ERA (185 ER/560 IP) in 629 major-league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons. He has limited foes to a .228 batting average and .308 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.64 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .331 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .216 career batting average against.
Buchanan, 26, went 12-8 with a 4.34 ERA (68 ER/141 IP) in 24 appearances (22 starts) with Iowa this season. He had a strong finish to his Triple-A campaign, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20 IP) in his final three starts. Buchanan was in spring training with the Houston Astros but was released on March 31. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in early April and joined Iowa on April 18.
The right-hander has pitched parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Astros, going 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA (20 ER/44.1 IP) in 22 appearances (20 in relief and two as a starter). He was originally selected by Houston in the eighth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State University.