Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
3 months ago

Kawasaki was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old didn't exactly kick the door in with Iowa -- he hit just .255/.352/.312 with the top affiliate -- but he can play the middle infield positions and is a clubhouse favorite. He will likely be used sparingly down the stretch.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
5 months ago

Kawasaki was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The 35-year-old infielder has seen just 38 big league plate appearances since the start of the 2015 season, and sticks around primarily because of his defensive versatility and his excellent presence in the clubhouse. He will return to serving as organizational depth at Iowa.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
5 months ago

Kawasaki was recalled b y the Cubs on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cubs sent Jeimer Candelario back down to Triple-A in a corresponding move Saturday. Kawasaki, who hasn't been up with the Cubs since the first week of the season, will add outfield depth and a left-handed bat to the Chicago bench.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
7 months ago

Kawasaki scored a run while going 0-for-3 in Sunday's loss to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

EDGE Analysis

After a brief two game appearance with the Cubs after Kyle Schwarber suffered his season ending injury, Kawasaki has returned to Triple-A Iowa, where he's had a positive impact on the team. Kawasaki has played in 12 games and has an OBP of .364, courtesy of his ability to draw walks. If the Cubs need additional infield depth, Kawasaki could be a viable option, especially if he continues to regularly get on base.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

The Cubs optioned Kawasaki to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kawasaki was recalled last week to fill the roster spot of the injured Kyle Schwarber (knee), but he will head back to Iowa with Javier Baez rejoining the big club on Friday. Kawasaki will garner consideration next time the Cubs need to call up an infielder from the minors.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

The Cubs added Kawasaki to the 40-man roster Sunday and optioned the infielder to Triple-A Iowa, Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

During four seasons between the Mariners' and Blue Jays' organizations, Kawasaki has logged the majority of his time at second base and shortstop, but third base has been his domain on occasion. With Javier Baez (thumb) landing on the DL to open the season, Kawasaki will serve as insurance in case another injury occurs to the Cubs' infield. If he does make an appearance with the big club, Kawasaki will be looking to parlay a spring slash line of .375/.455/.563 in 48 at-bats into regular season success, though he's known far more for his deftness with the glove.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

Kawasaki re-signed with the Cubs on Tuesday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kawasaki was among three Cubs released earlier on Tuesday, but all three eventually signed minor league deals with the club later in the day. The 34-year-old likely won't make much of an impact on the major league level this year, but will provide organizational depth up the middle of the infield.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

Kawasaki was released by the Cubs on Tuesday, CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports.

EDGE Analysis

Even with Javier Baez (thumb) potentially unavailable, the 34-year-old Kawasaki wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster. He could still re-sign with Chicago before the season to help with organizational infield depth.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

Kawasaki could make the Cubs out of camp if Javier Baez (thumb) isn't ready, Carrie Muskat of the Cubs' official site reports. "He's very much a viable option," manager Joe Maddon said of Kawasaki.

EDGE Analysis

Baez has not played since Mar. 20, but he's not expected to need much more time off. Kawasaki's best hopes of making the team are if Baez or Tommy La Stella (calf) need a short stint on the DL.

Munenori Kawasaki
2B CHC
8 months ago

Kawasaki is still the running for the final infield spot for the Cubs, the team's official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's still probably a long shot for the popular second baseman. "More than likely it'd almost be an injury situation to dislodge [someone else]," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'm just being honest. I also know that if he was part of this group, I'd be really happy about it in a heartbeat, and everybody else would be, too." With Tommy La Stella hobbling with a sore calf, it's still possible that Kawasaki could head north with the team.