Cubs designate Carlos González for assignment

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Veteran outfielder Carlos González has been designated for assignment, the Cubs announced Saturday. In a series of corresponding moves, left-hander Cole Hamels has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain, as expected, while minor league relievers Dillon Maples and Rowan Wick have been recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

González, 33, inked a minor league pact with the Cubs at the end of May. Several years removed from the impressive .290+ batting averages and 2.0+ fWAR he produced with the Rockies, the outfielder struggled to find his footing in Chicago and slumped toward a .175/.306/.300 batting line with three extra-base hits and a .606 OPS in just 49 plate appearances for the team.

Despite his waning productivity at the plate, this may not be the end of González’s time with the Cubs. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the team would reportedly prefer that he take a minor league assignment in Triple-A Iowa if he clears waivers. Should that happen, it’ll be his choice to remain with the club or enter free agency and seek employment elsewhere.