Federowicz cleared waivers and will join Triple-A Iowa, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. With Miguel Montero, David Ross, and now Wilson Contreras on the roster, there was no room to hold Federowicz, especially with his lack of offensive talent. The 28-year-old will head back to Triple-A and will likely remain there barring injuries at the major league level.
Federowicz was designated for assignment Friday. The Cubs called up Wilson Contreras, who has been hitting .353 with Triple-A Iowa, and in turn demoted the struggling Federowicz. The 28-year-old catcher was only hitting .191 in his 13 appearances this season.
Federowicz is expected to be DFA'd in order to clear space on the roster for Willson Contreras, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. It's unclear exactly when the Cubs will officially recall Contreras, but with the move imminent, Federowicz will be designated for assignment to clear room on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters. The 28-year-old as appeared in 13 games on the season as the Cubs' third catcher, and he managed just a .192 batting average while striking out nine times in 26 at-bats.
Federowicz went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in a win over Arizona on Friday. Federowicz saw a bit of action while Miguel Montero was sidelined in May, but there doesn't seem to be much of a reason for him to still be on the active roster, as he has just two at-bats over the last 10 days. Don't be surprised if he's the next roster casualty when the Cubs need to call someone up.
Federowicz is in the lineup and batting eighth for Thursday's game against the Nationals. Federowicz will continue to split reps with David Ross until Miguel Montero returns from the DL. The 28-year-old was 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored in his last start against the Pirates.