(670 The Score) The Cubs designated struggling first baseman Eric Hosmer for assignment amid a series of roster moves Friday, according to reports.
Chicago also activated second baseman Nico Hoerner from the injured list, recalled infielder Edwin Rios from Triple-A Iowa, selected outfielder Mike Tacuhman from Triple-A, optioned right-hander Keegan Thompson to Triple-A and placed outfielder Cody Bellinger on the 10-day injured list.
The Cubs cutting ties with the 33-year-old Hosmer came as no surprise, as he was hitting .234 with two homers, 14 RBIs and a .610 OPS in 31 games.
Hoerner had been out since May 8 due to a hamstring injury. He has been one of the Cubs’ best players, hitting .303 with a .742 OPS while playing terrific defense this season.
Rios was 2-of-20 with one homer in 12 games for the Cubs earlier this season. He was hitting .190 with an .822 OPS at Triple-A Iowa this season.
Tauchman was hitting .278 with an .870 OPS at Triple-A this season. He’s a career. 231 hitter across parts of five MLB seasons.
Thompson has a 4.22 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 15 appearances and had been struggling lately, allowing runs in five of his past seven outings.
Bellinger landed on the injured list with a left knee contusion, which he suffered while making a spectacular catch at the wall in the Cubs’ loss to the Astros on Monday. Bellinger’s placement on the injured list is retroactive to Tuesday. He has seven homers, 20 RBIs and an .830 OPS in 37 games.
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