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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Cubs claim OF Neal off waivers

By Jesse Rogers

The Chicago Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees on Monday. Neal, 25, was playing for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, New York’s Triple-A affiliate.

Neal appeared in four games this season for the Yankees getting two hits in 11 at-bats. He played in nine games for the Cleveland Indians in 2012 after being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2005.

The 6-2, 220-pound Neal has a career .301 batting average with 170 doubles, 70 home runs and 370 RBI in 701 minor league games covering eight seasons.

To make room for Neal on the 40-man roster the Cubs transferred pitcher Rafael Dolis to the 60-day disabled list. He’s been out since June 1 with a right forearm strain. Neal was added to the 25-man roster and will be elgible to play against the Phillies. Pitcher Eduardo Sanchez was sent to Triple-A Iowa. Neal will wear No. 54.