Aug 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Cole Gillespie (2) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Cubs outright Michael Bowden and Cole Gillespie to Triple-A Iowa

The Chicago Cubs have announced that both Michael Bowden and Cole Gillespie have cleared waivers and will be sent to Triple-A Iowa.

Gillespie was designated for assignment earlier this week after the Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Daniel Bard off of waivers from the Boston Red Sox. Gillespie was hitting .240/.328/.280 in 59 plate appearances for the Chicago Cubs this season.

The 29 year old outfielder batted .277/.361/.455 in 269 plate appearances for the San Francisco Giants Triple-A affiliate in Fresno.

Bowden was designated for assignment after the Cubs purchased the contract of pitcher Chang-yong Lim from Triple-A Iowa. The 26 year old pitcher had a 4.30 ERA for the Cubs this season.

The moves are nothing major, but these two could see some more playing time with the major league club next season. You would think Gillespie would be in the mix with the rest of the Cubs minor league prospects who are looking to make the opening day roster.

Bowden will more than likely get a spot in the bullpen next season if the Cubs skip out on spending money to bulk up their pitching staff this winter.

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