- Bruce Levine, Chicago baseball beat reporter
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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.
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 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.