The Chicago Cubs have placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the disabled list with a strained right oblique, reports Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald. Second baseman Logan Watkins was called up to take Valbuena's spot on the active roster.
Valbuena suffered the injury during Friday night's game against the Dodgers. Oblique injuries often take more than two weeks to heal, so it is unlikely that Valbuena will return when first eligible after the 15-day minimum. He should be able to return by the end of August, however.
Watkins, 23, has hit .243 with a .711 OPS in his first season at Triple-A Iowa. Over his minor league career, he has gotten on base at a .365 clip.
This will be Watkins' first stint on the major league roster.