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4 Chris Valaika 3B
Height/Weight: 5-11/207 | Birthdate: 8/14/1985 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: California-Santa Barbara | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $495,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1296.00
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Chris Valaika slugs first home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Cubs second baseman Chris Valaika went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 8-3 loss to the Giants Wednesday.

It was the first home run of the season for Valaika, who was shifted into the lineup once Starlin Castro was scratched to attend to a family emergency. Valaika owns a .182/.222/.273 line in 33 at-bats.


Cubs make several moves Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Friday's game against the Dodgers, per MLB.com. The team added newly-acquired pitcher Felix Doubront to the actove roster and immediately placed him on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

The team also recalled reliever Blake Parker and Chris Valaika from Triple-A Iowa. Valaika batted .278 with 10 homers, 21 doubles and 50 RBI at Iowa. 


Cubs sign Chris Valaika to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2013) The Cubs have signed infielder Chris Valaika to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training, Fox Sports reports.

Valaika hit .219/.261/.344 with one home run and nine RBI in 64 at-bats with the Marlins last season. He also hit .246/.308/.362 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 130 at-bats with Triple-A New Orleans.


Chris Valaika stays in Marlins' system


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans Thursday after clearing waivers. Valaika was recalled from his rehab assignment Tuesday, but was then designated for assignment to clear a roster spot.

Chris Valaika recalled, activated, designated


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika (wrist) was recalled from his rehab assignment Tuesday and activated off the 60-day disabled list. Unfortunately, Valaika was then designated for assignment.

Valaika hit .250 (5 for 20) with three doubles and two RBI in five rehab games for Triple-A New Orleans.


Chris Valaika moved to 60-day DL


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika (wrist) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday. Valaika has been sidelined since early May.

Chris Valaika could miss the remainder of season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2013) It's possible that Marlins infielder Chris Valaika, who underwent successful sugery to repair a fractured left wrist Friday, will miss the remainder of the season, MLB.com reports. Valaika will need four-to-six weeks to recover from the surgery, and another four-to-six weeks to build back to full strength.

Valaika has hit .219/.261/.344 with one home run in 70 plate appearances this season.


Chris Valaika out 4-6 weeks


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said infielder Chris Valaika, who was placed on the disabled list Wednesday because of a fractured left wrist, won't need surgery, but he will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

"I don’t know if that’s just straight heal time and then build him back up or four to six weeks until he’s back playing," Redmond said, per The Miami Herald.


Chris Valaika lands on DL as expected


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after suffering a fractured left wrist Tuesday. It was reported after Tuesday's game against the Padres Valaika was expected to be placed on the DL.

He's batting .219 with one home run and nine RBI in 22 games. He was starting at second base in the absence of Donovan Solano. The Marlins recalled prospect Derek Dietrich from Double-A Jacksonville to take Valaika's roster spot.


X-ray reveals fractured wrist for Chris Valaika


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika, who left Tuesday's game against the Padres, underwent an X-ray that revealed a small fracture in his left wrist. Valaika is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Valaika was hitting 219/.261/.344 with a home run and nine RBI in 64 at-bats before getting hurt.

Chris Valaika exits with wrist injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika was forced out of Tuesday's contest against the Padres with a left wrist injury.

Yonder Alonso collided with Valaika on a stolen-base attempt in the eighth inning. Valaika was checked by trainers and replaced by Chris Coghlan at second. Valaika finished 1 for 3 and is hitting .219/.261/.344 in 64 at-bats.

With Donovan Solano on the disabled list with an intercostal strain, the Marlins could start Coghlan at second Wednesday night if Valaika is not ready to return.


Chris Valaika filling in at second base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2013) The Marlins placed second baseman Donovan Solano (intercostal strain) on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, meaning Chris Valaika is likely to see more playing time at second base. Valaika has started the last three games at second base for Miami.

Valaika is batting .118 (2 for 17) with one double, one home run and three RBI through four May games.


Chris Valaika launches first home run


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2013) After driving in two runs his last time out, Marlins shortstop Chris Valaika continues his productivity at the plate as he unleashed his first home run of the season Saturday night at Philadelphia.

Valaika took starter Cole Hamels deep for a solo home run in the third inning. It was his only hit of the night as he finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-0 victory.

Valaika has recorded a hit in each of his last four games, hitting .308 with a double, a homer and three RBI over that span. He is hitting .250/.286/.404 with one home run and nine RBI in 52 at-bats.

Chris Valaika continues to get playing time


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2013) Marlins shortstop Chris Valaika continues to be the team's primary shortstop with Adeiny Hechavarria out.

Valaika has only missed one game since April 14. The 27-year-old is hitting .300/.364/.400 in 30 at-bats this season. He'll play shortstop and hit seventh Thursday.


Chris Valaika filling in at shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika made his second-straight start at shortstop Thursday at Cincinnati in place of the injured Adeiny Hechavarria, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury. Valaika is batting .313 (5 for 16) with two RBI, two runs and three doubles in six games.

Chris Valaika roaming around infield


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2013) Marlins infielder Chris Valaika earned his third start of the season Sunday and patrolled second base during Miami's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. Valaika finished 1 for 3 and drove in his second run of the season in just his fourth game played.

In his limited playing time, Valaika has started at every infield position but shortstop for the Marlins.


Chris Valaika plays first base for first time


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2013) Marlins shortstop Chris Valaika drew the start at first base in the Marlins' 8-0 loss to the Braves Wednesday night, going 1 for 3 with a double and a walk. It was his first game, professional or otherwise, playing first, and he committed a first-inning fielding error that did not lead to a run.

Greg Dobbs started each of the team's previous six games at first base with Casey Kotchman out, but received the night off.


Chris Valaika wins utility role with Marlins


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2013) Chris Valaika has won the competition for the Marlins' utility role over Wilson Valdez, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Valaika, 27, spent 2012 at Triple-A Louisville, where he hit .223/.268/.347 in 85 games. He hit .240/.264/.380 with two home runs in 53 at-bats this spring.


Chris Valaika gets his chance


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3/28/2013) I was glad to see Chris Valaika made the Marlins as their utility infielder. It may not seem like a big deal, and in fact, for mixed league owners, it isn't. Valaika is worth tracking for NL-only leagues, though. He has more pop than starting second baseman Donovan Solano and just as much potential to help with batting average. We're still talking about a low-end option here, but Valaika might be worth a pickup in deep leagues if he can seize the starting job sometime this season.

Valaika off Reds' 40-man


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2012) The Reds outrighted Jordan Smith and Chris Valaika to Triple-A Louisville on Tuesday. Both players are now off the 40-man roster.