The Cubs have placed outfielder Clint Frazier on the 10-day injured list due to appendicitis, reports Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune. (Twitter links) First baseman/outfielder Alfonso Rivas has been recalled to take his place on the active roster. Additionally, outfielder Greg Deichmann has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.
Prior to this year, Frazier had spent his entire big-league career with the Yankees, from his debut in 2017 through 2021. Although he showed the potential to stick around and be a regular feature of the their lineup, he was frequently slowed by injuries and often struggled to get back on track. The Yanks finally gave up on him in November, designating him for assignment. Frazier didn’t linger on the open market for long, signing with the Cubs just about a week after being released. His tenure in Chicago is off to a slow start, as he’s hitting .143/.250/.238 in his first ten games.
Deichmann, who will turn 27 next month, was acquired from the Athletics in the trade that sent Andrew Chafin to Oakland. He made his major league debut for the Cubs with 31 plate appearances after the trade, but struggled mightily to the tune of .133/.161/.133. He’s also gotten off to a rough start in Triple-A this year, hitting .207/.207/.241, though in a small sample of just eight games. Having now cleared waivers, the Cubs can keep him in the system without Deichmann occupying a spot on the 40-man roster. He will now try to earn that roster spot back by showing some of the form that made the club acquire him in the first place. In Triple-A before the trade last year, he hit .300/.433/.452, 131 wRC+.