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Cubs Make Moves, Cuban Prospects Progressing

>>Cubs Designate Barney; Activate Bonifacio

The Chicago Cubs took another step toward the future, designating second baseman Darwin Barney for assignment.

Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio was activated from the disabled list Tuesday to take Barney's place on the roster. Bonifacio had been out since June 13 because of strained right oblique.

The 28-year-old Barney won a Gold Glove in the 2012, when his 141 consecutive games without an error tied a major league record. But he regressed noticeably at the plate and, with the recent promotion of Arismendy Alcantara and other infield prospects on the way, he no longer fit the master plan.

 width=In other moves, pitcher Kyle Hendricks was recalled from Iowa and pitcher Zac Rosscup was optioned to the Triple-A club. Hendricks was the scheduled starter for the game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.

>>Cubs Announce More Moves

(Chicago, IL) -- The Cubs are making some more organizational roster moves. Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is being promoted to Triple-A Iowa while fellow outfield prospect Albert Almora will join Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs are also optioning Mike Olt to Iowa while recalling Tsuyoshi Wada.

>>Giants Broadcaster Suffering From Muscle Disease

(San Francisco, CA) -- San Francisco Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow is revealing his battle with a muscle disease. He tells the "San Francisco Chronicle" that he's suffering from a degenerative muscle disease that causes weakness in the fingers, legs and feet. The condition is not fatal, but will require him to use a cane and a motorized cart. The veteran of 14 major league seasons as a player recently took a fall coming off the team bus in Colorado and tore the rotator cuff in his shoulder. Krukow has no plans to stop broadcasting.

>>Yankees Acquire Chase Headley

(Bronx, NY) -- The Yankees are bringing third baseman Chase Headley to the Bronx. New York has acquired the 30-year-old from the San Diego Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss so-LAR-tay ]] and minor league right-hander Rafael De Paula and cash. Headley is batting just .229 with seven homers and 32 RBI for the Padres this season, but hit .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBI as recently as 2012. He is set to be a free agent after this season. Solarte is hitting .254 with six homers and 31 RBI in his first year with the Yankees. MLB.com ranks De Paula as the Yanks' 15th best minor league prospect.

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