Roster Turnover – 12 Moves Today

Cubs1The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs have announced a total of 12 roster moves prior to the opening game of a three-game series with the Hillsboro Hops.

Five players will be rejoining the team after missing the Vancouver series – catcher Lance Rymel, pitchers Trey Masek and Carlos Martinez, shortstop Carlos Penalver, and outfielder Yasiel Balaguert.

The squad will add three other pitchers to the roster – 15th round draft pick Michael Wagner, along with a pair of players from Class-A Kane County in Eddie Orozco and Dillon Maples.

Four others have been reassigned to the Mesa Cubs – pitchers Orbandy Rodriguez and Ethan Elias, infielder Jesse Hodges, and outfielder Kevin Brown.

Rymel spent the weekend with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, going 0-for-3 on Friday night against Jackson.  The 2012 draft pick was hitting .260 in 15 games with the Hawks this season.

Martinez has been on the seven-day disabled list since July 2 with an unspecified injury.  In six appearances with the Hawks, he has a 3-0 record with a 0.77 ERA, allowing just five hits in 11.2 innings.

Masek was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and made two appearances in the Arizona Rookie League, allowing four runs on four hits in two-plus innings.  In three outings in Boise, the fifth-round pick out of Texas Tech did not allow an earned run in four innings of work.

Penalver was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and played in four games, going 2-for-13 with three runs scored and two RBI.  The Venezuela native hit .184 with three doubles and six RBI in 24 games in Boise.

Balaguert was optioned to Mesa on July 9 and played in four games, hitting .267 with a pair of doubles and a triple.  In Boise, he hit .289 in 25 games, recording six doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBI.

Wagner makes his first trip to Boise after signing with the Cubs out of the University of San Diego – where he was a teammate of second-overall pick, Kris Bryant.  The right-hander went 2-5 with a 4.55 ERA during the college season, but has been outstanding in Mesa – allowing just one unearned run on four hits in four appearances.

Orozco has been on the disabled list for Kane County since June 11 with an inflammation in his right elbow – and will begin his rehabilitation with the Hawks.  The 22nd round selection in the 2012 draft was 3-3 with a 4.87 ERA for the Cougars, a year removed from a stellar season in Boise, where the righty went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA and six saves.

Maples joins the Hawks after spending the first three months in Kane County, where he posted a 0-2 record and an 8.31 ERA in 34 innings, walking 31 and striking out 34.  The No. 6 prospect in the Cubs organization heading into 2013, Maples was a 14th round pick of the Cubs in the 2011 draft.

Rodriguez heads to Mesa after posting a 1-2 record and a 6.10 ERA in five appearances with the Hawks – but hasn’t pitched since July 5.  Elias returns to Mesa after making six appearances in Boise, going 1-0 with a 2.13 ERA, striking out 12 in 12.2 innings.

Both Hodges and Brown return to Mesa after a week with the Hawks – Hodges going 0-for-12 in three games and Brown 2-for-7 in two games.

The Boise roster sits at a maximum of 30 players, along with two players on the disabled list making rehab appearances.

The Hawks return to action tonight, meeting the Hillsboro Hops at 8:05 p.m. (MT)

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