The Chicago Cubs have been struggling badly on offense in recent weeks, and they’ll be hoping for a shot in the arm on Wednesday as the team will call up infielder Robel Garcia from Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs President Theo Epstein made the announcement during a radio interview on 670 the Score Wednesday afternoon, and the expectation is that Garcia will join the Cubs in Pittsburgh for their series against the Pirates.
The 26-year-old infielder has been ripping the cover off the ball in the minors, combining for 21 home runs and 58 RBIs in 72 games at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He is batting a healthy .285 in 291 plate appearances, and has a total of 36 extra base hits this season.
The big weakness for Garcia this season has been strikeouts, as he’s fanned 90 times in 256 at-bats. He does have a .364 on-base percentage thanks to his 73 hits and 29 walks this season, but he’ll have to prove he can remain somewhat disciplined at the plate if he’s going to stay up with the roster for the rest of the year.
In a corresponding roster move, the Cubs will send pitcher Dillon Maples back to Triple-A Iowa, according to multiple reports.