Lucroy is expected to join the club ahead of Thursday’s game in Cincinnati, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic. The club will option Taylor Davis to Triple-A in order to make room on the roster.
Because Lucroy was released and not claimed on waivers, the Angels are on the hook for what remains of his $3.35-million salary outside of a pro-rated portion of the league minimum to be covered by the Cubs, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Cubs are in desperate need of catching help after All-Star Willson Contreras landed on the injured list Monday with a hamstring injury that will sideline him for four weeks. Once Contreras went down, the Cubs were left with just two catchers – Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis – on their 40-man roster; both backstops are currently on the team’s major-league roster.
Lucroy, 33, slashed .242/.310/.371 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 74 games with the Angels this year. He missed a large portion of July due to a concussion and fractured nose he suffered in a home-plate collision.
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