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Cubs recall Javier Baez, who will start Tuesday vs. Reds

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Cubs recall Javier Baez, who will start Tuesday vs. Reds

The Cubs finalized their first wave of September call-ups on Tuesday, recalling infielder Javier Baez and Tsuyoshi Wada from Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Quintin Berry and right-hander Trevor Cahill also were added to the 40-man roster, while outfielder Austin Jackson was added to the active roster.

Baez will start at second base tonight when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field. The Cubs' 2009 first-round draft pick batted .324//.385/.912 with 13 homers and 61 RBIs in 70 games with Iowa this season. He also stole 17 bases and enters the Friendly Confines touting a 16-game hitting streak. Baez made his MLB debut last year with the Cubs, batting .169 with nine homers and 20 RBIs in 52 games.

James Russell and Rafael Soriano were designated for assignment to make room for Berry and Cahill on the 40-man roster. Russell went 0-2 with a .529 ERA in 49 relief appearances in 2015. Soriano, signed in June, went 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in six appearances out of the bullpen.

Jackson was acquired Monday from Seattle in exchange for a player to be named later and an international-signing slot. Jackson was hitting .272 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and 15 stolen bases with the Mariners and will give the Cubs much-needed outfield depth with Jorge Soler on the disabled list.

Berry signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 24 after spending the season with Triple-A Pawtucket (Boston). He's 30-for-30 on stolen base attempts, including 5-for-5 in the postseason, in his career.

Cahill signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Aug. 18 and threw 7.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in five appearances.

The Cubs' 40-man roster now stands at 40, while their active roster includes 30 players.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Cubs offense takes a step in right direction, when will rotation follow?

For the first time in almost two weeks, the Cubs offense started to look more like the team we know they can be in Wednesday afternoon's victory over the Brewers. But when will the starting rotation follow? Kyle Hendricks pitched better than his stat line once again, but it's getting late in the season to continue to use that rationale for any Cubs starter.

Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs-Brewers series and Kelly sits down with David Bote for a 1-on-1 chat about his whirlwind week. Leila Rahimi also catches up with MLB Network's Dan Plesac to get his thoughts on Javy Báez's place in the NL MVP race, how the Central division is shaping up and X-factors for the Cubs and Brewers down the stretch.

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Is Milwaukee the biggest NL Central threat to the Cubs?

Phil Rogers, Jim Litke and Harry Teinowitz join Kap on the panel. Joe Maddon tweaks the lineup and the Cubs offense explodes to beat the Brewers. Is Milwaukee still the Cubs’ biggest threat in the Central? And is Javy Baez still the Cubs’ MVP?

Plus Roquan Smith puts on the pads to practice but will he have them on in Week 1 at Lambeau?  

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