Cubs prospect Junior Lake to make MLB debut Friday
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org July 18, 2013 7:31PM
Updated: July 18, 2013 10:47PM
With or without Matt Garza, the Cubs are starting Phase Next of the 2013 portion of their rebuilding plan Friday in Denver.
That’s when they plan to get their first look at highly regarded prospect Junior Lake, an infielder-turned-outfielder who joins the club for his major-league debut against the Colorado Rockies.
Lake, 23 was promoted early last month from Class AA to AAA Iowa, where he was hitting .295 with four home runs 18 RBIs, 14 steals and .803 OPS in 40 games.
He takes the place on the roster of outfielder Brian Bogusevic, whose tight hamstring is forcing a DL move.
Three injuries and a trade involving Cubs outfielders in the last month necessitated a move the Cubs had said they didn’t want to rush as they let Lake develop.
He might last on the big-league roster only long enough for veteran David DeJesus (shoulder) to return from a brief minor-league rehab assignment he’s expected to start this week.
Meanwhile, the Cubs’ front office remained most active on the Garza trade front, where club officials are working on narrowing a list to two or three serious bidders for the pitcher in hopes of pulling off a trade before Garza’s next scheduled start, Monday in Arizona.