Cubs activate Gillespie, DFA Rodriguez

July, 14, 2013
7/14/13
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs added outfielder Cole Gillespie to their active roster on Sunday, and in a corresponding move to open a spot on the 40-man roster the team designated pitcher Henry Rodriguez for assignment.

Gillespie, 29, cleared waivers from the San Francisco Giants roster on Saturday.


He made his major league debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 and was originally drafted in the third round of the 2006 June draft by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Gillespie is a lifetime .218 major league hitter with eight doubles, nine home runs and 16 RBIs. He is a .289 minor league hitter and was a minor-league All-Star in 2007 and 2008. He won a Rawlings minor league Gold Glove in 2011.

“I am kind of a gap-to-gap hitter,” Gillespie said. “I have occasional pop and power. I can steal some bases for the team and play solid defense.”

Gillespie replaces Scott Hairston, who was traded on to the New York Mets last week. He will be a right-handed bat off the bench and see some platoon time in the outfield.

Gillespie was a teammate of Darwin Barney on the 2006 Oregon State NCAA championship team.

Rodriguez, 26, was obtained from Washington on June 11. He was 0-1 with 4.09 ERA in 22 relief appearances for the Cubs.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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