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24 Luis Valbuena 3B
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 11/30/1985 | Birthplace: Sucre, Zulia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Chicago | College: No College | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $930,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 268.60
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Cubs manager could play matchups at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Darwin Barney remains the team's starting second baseman, but his playing time might be reduced as Renteria looks for favorable matchups at times. Luis Valbuena and Emilio Bonifacio are both options to see playing time at second base.

"I think as we go into the season, we have certain guys who we’re going to put into a particular position and the second day you might see a different lineup," Renteria said, per The Chicago Tribune. "The reality is the matchups we have and are looking at throughout the course of the season will determine how we use all our guys.

"I’m fortunate enough to have the flexibility with guys and matchups and different scenarios that could occur during the course of a season. I have the ability to do that with them. I want to put them in the best position to have success."


Cubs, Luis Valbuena avoid arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) The Cubs have avoided arbitration with third baseman Luis Valbuena, according to the New York Post.

Valbuena will earn $1.7 million next season. He's coming off a year in which he hit .218/.331/.378 in 331 at-bats. 


Luis Valbuena out Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is not in the team's starting lineup against the Pirates Tuesday.

Valbuena will be replaced by Donnie Murphy at third. Valbuena is hitting .218/.332/.379 in 330 at-bats. 


Luis Valbuena breaks skid with first-inning homer


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena ended an 0-for-14 slump Thursday with a first-inning solo home run off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse in his team's 5-1 win in Milwaukee.

Valbuena hadn't recorded a hit since going 2 for 4 with a home run on Sept. 9 against the Reds, though he did walk six times during the hitless stretch. He owns a .219/.333/.381 line with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in 320 at-bats.


Luis Valbuena back Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena is back in the starting lineup Friday against the Pirates.

Valbuena has started to see more playing time recently, but was given the day off Thursday. He's hitting .228 in 303 at-bats. 


As rosters expand, Cubs make roster moves Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Cubs made a few roster moves Sunday as rosters expanded. The Cubs activated outfielder Ryan Sweeney (rib) and infielder Luis Valbuena (oblique) from the disabled list, while recalling pitcher Alberto Cabrera from Triple-A Iowa.

In order to make room for Sweeney on the 40-man roster, reliever Eduardo Sanchez was designated for assignment. Sweeney was on the 60-day disabled list.


Luis Valbuena start rehab assignment


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena began his minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday night with the Arizona League Cubs.

Valbuena lined a double in the opening frame and singled in the fifth inning for his only hits of the night. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. 

Valbuena been sidelined since early August with a strained oblique muscles. He batted .225/.330/.372 in 285 at-bats before the injury. 


Luis Valbuena to begin rehab


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena will begin his rehab this week, according to the Daily Herald

Valbuena has been dealing with an oblique strain since early August. He's hitting .225/.330/.372 in 285 at-bats. 


Luis Valbuena hits the DL


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) The Cubs placed infielder Luis Valbuena on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, with an oblique strain. It is not clear when Valbuena suffered the injury, but he has been limited to pinch-hitting duty over since Wednesday.

Valbuena was hitting .225 with a .702 OPS on the season prior to this injury.  


Luis Valbuena clubs third July home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena homered and drove in two runs during Saturday's 9-3 loss at Colorado. He finished 2 for 4 with one walk.

Valbuena is batting .261 (12 for 46) with two doubles, three home runs, six runs, eight RBI and eight walks in 13 July games.


Luis Valbuena playing better than average indicates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday third baseman Luis Valbuena is playing better than his .247 average indicates.

"On a whole, from last year to this year, he’s been so consistent, even though you’re not seeing a .300 batting average," Sveum said of Valbuena, per MLB.com. "The on-base percentage and the walks seem to always be there on a consistent basis and the defense he’s played has been as good as anybody at third base."


Luis Valbuena drives in two in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena had one hit Saturday against the Astros, but he made it count. Valbuena opened the scoring with a two-run single in the third inning and finished 1 for 5 with the two RBI in a 4-3 loss. 

Valbuena is hitting .243 with a .764 OPS and 21 RBI. 


Luis Valbuena jumps to leadoff spot


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena has moved up to the leadoff spot.

Valbuena will face Cardinals rookie Shelby Miller Monday. Valbuena is hitting .244/.357/.417 in 156 at-bats. Valbuena's .257 on-base percentage is the best among the team's normal starters.  


Luis Valbuena hitting sixth


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena will hit sixth against the Reds Thursday. 

Valbuena has platooned with Cody Ransom all season but is seeing the majority of playing time against right-handed pitchers. He'll be tested Thursday against Reds' starter Mat Latos. 

Valbuena is hitting .238/.357/.420 in 143 at-bats.


Cubs could fine, suspend Ian Stewart


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/11/2013) After a Monday night Twitter rant that accused Cubs manager Dale Sveum of not liking him and keeping him down in the minors, third baseman Ian Stewart is likely to face a fine or suspension from the team.

Stewart took to Twitter to vent over being stuck in the minors after completing an injury rehab, while the team plays Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom at third. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday that, "what he did was really unprofessional and there are going to be consequences. Beyond that, I’m not going to comment." The Tribune noted that the Cubs had suspended Milton Bradley in 2009 for negative comments made to a newspaper. 

Stewart, playing for Iowa, has a .164 batting average with four home runs. 


Luis Valbuena finally homers again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena ended a homerless streak that stretched to the final game of April against the White Sox Thursday.

Valbuena opened the game with a double in the second inning, singled in the fourth and scored both times. He then hit a solo home run to center, his sixth of the season. Valbuena finished 3 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI in an 8-3 win.

Valbuena had gone 20 games without a home run, a stretch of 51 at-bats during which he hit .255 with a .704 OPS. 


Luis Valbuena stuck in a rut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena went hitless for the sixth time in his last nine games Wednesday, as he continues to struggle to get out of a slump.

Valbuena was 0 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice hit, in a 9-3 win over the White Sox. He is now batting .160 over the last nine games, with just four hits, to drop his average from .271 to .248.

After hitting five home runs in April, Valbuen has yet to go deep in 49 at-bats in May, with just three doubles.  


Luis Valbuena singles in return


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena returned to the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies after missing time due to a sprained finger on his right hand. He went 1 for 4 with a single in a 6-3 win. 

Luis Valbuena expected back Wednesday


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2013) Cubs manager Dale Sveum said on Tuesday that Luis Valbuena will return to the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Rockies, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Valbuena has been dealing with a sprained finger on his right hand since Saturday.

Luis Valbuena available for Cubs


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was available to pinch-hit in Monday's series opener against the Rockies, manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com.

Valbuena sprained a finger on his right hand Saturday. He is batting .364 (8 for 22) through 10 games in May with one RBI.

Luis Valbuena not ready for games


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game Monday against Colorado due to a jammed right pinkie finger. Valbuena was able to play catch and hit in the batting cage Sunday, but remained sidelined as Cody Ransom earned another start at third.

Luis Valbuena nursing injured finger


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena was held out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game at Washington after suffering a jammed right pinkie during the previous game. Valbuena is considered day to day with the issue while Cody Ransom, his platoon-mate, earned the start at third base.

X-rays negative for Luis Valbuena


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) X-rays of Cubs third basemen Luis Valbuena's injured right pinkie were negative, MLB.com reports. Valbuena was forced to leave Saturday's win over the Nationals in the fifth inning after he jammed his right pinkie while sliding into third base.

Valbuena is being listed as day to day but should be available to pinch-hit Sunday, according to the report.

The 27-year-old went 1 for 2 prior to leaving the game and is hitting .276 with two doubles and one RBI over the last 10 games.

Luis Valbuena leaves with finger injury


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2013) Cubs third basemen Luis Valbuena left Saturday's game against the Nationals after hurting his right pinkie. Valbuena jammed his pinkie while sliding into third base in the fifth inning while trying to stretch a double into a triple.

He was immediately pulled from the game and taken for X-rays.

Valbuena, who went 1 for 2 prior to leaving the game, was replaced at third base by Cody Ransom.

Dale Sveum sees Luis Valbuena as everyday player


by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena entered Tuesday's series opener against the Cardinals batting .271 with five homers and 13 RBI through 27 games.

While Valbuena has platooned at times early on, manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com that he sees the 27-year-old as an everyday player.

"I would never have any problem playing him every day, because his at-bats against left-handers are pure and he sees pitches and doesn't swing out of the zone against left-handed pitching," Sveum said. "He's obviously an everyday player. He's one of the most productive third basemen in the game right now."