Cubs select the contract of INF/OF Mike Baxter, recall OF Junior Lake, activate LHP Tsuyoshi Wada

LHP Phil Coke designated for assignment; RHP Brian Schlitter optioned to Triple-A Iowa

SAN DIEGO - The Chicago Cubs have selected the contract of infielder/outfielder Mike Baxter from Triple-A Iowa, recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A and activated left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Phil Coke has been designated for assignment and right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter has been optioned to Triple-A. Additionally, the Cubs have activated right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler off of the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A.

Both Lake and Baxter, who will wear uniform number 29, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series in San Diego. Wada will make the start tomorrow night against the Padres.

Baxter, 30, is a career .225 hitter (81-for-360) with four home runs and 26 RBI in 198 major league games covering parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres (2010), New York Mets (2011-13) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2014). The versatile Baxter has played 85 big league games in right field, 39 games in left field and one game in both center field and at first base. With Iowa this season, Baxter has played 27 games at first base and eight games in left field.

The left-handed hitting Baxter has batted .290 (29-for-100) with four doubles, eight RBI and a .377 on-base percentage in 34 games with Iowa this year. He saw his most extensive big league action in 2012 with the Mets when he hit .263 (47-for-179) with 14 doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 89 games. Baxter spent most of last season in Triple-A in the Dodgers chain, batting .289 (119-for-412) in 119 games with Albuquerque, and also played in four games with Los Angeles at the big league level. 

Lake, 25, returns to the Cubs for his second stint this season after batting .286 (4-for-14) with a double and an RBI during his first big league stay from April 27-May 5. He is batting .250 (18-for-72) with three doubles and 11 RBI in 22 games with Iowa this season.

The right-handed hitting Lake has played parts of the last three seasons with the Cubs and is a career .244 (136-for-558) hitter with 27 doubles, 15 home runs and 42 RBI in 176 games. He has played 87 games in left field, 63 games in center field and two games in right field.

Wada, 34, returns to the Cubs rotation after starting the season on the 15-day disabled list recovering from a left groin strain. He went 1-3 with a 2.86 ERA (11 ER/34.2 IP) in six rehab starting assignments with Triple-A Iowa.

The lefthander made his major league debut with the Cubs last season and went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA (25 ER/69.1 IP) in 13 starts. He struck out 57 and walked only 19 batters in 69.1 innings while limiting opponents to a .254 batting average against (.184 by left-handed hitters, .270 by righthanders).

Following a nine-year career with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Japan Pacific League, Wada signed a two-year major league deal with Baltimore in December of 2011. He suffered an elbow injury during Spring Training of 2012 that led to Tommy John ligament replacement surgery that May. Wada returned to action in June of 2013 with Triple-A Norfolk and signed a minor league deal with the Cubs prior to the 2014 campaign.

Coke, 32, signed a minor league deal with the Cubs in early March and had his contract selected on March 30. He posted no record and a 6.30 ERA (7 ER/10.0 IP) in 16 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.

Schlitter, 29, is 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA (6 ER/6.2 IP) in nine relief outings with the Cubs this year. He has no record with two saves and a 0.00 ERA (6.0 IP) in six relief appearances with Iowa this season.

Beeler, 25, is 0-3 with a 10.53 ERA (23 ER/19.2 IP) in five starts with Iowa this season. He started the season on the major league 15-day disabled list after suffering from right shoulder inflammation during spring training.