The Cubs have claimed 25-year old righty swinging outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the New York Yankees. Neal played in 4 games for the Yankees this year and he was 2 for 11 (.182 avg, .490 OPS) with 1 run scored. He also played in 72 games in AAA-ball for the Yankees this year in which he was 86 of 265 (.325 avg, .802 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 2 homers, 29 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Neal has played in 13 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 7 for 34 (.206 avg, .506 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs. Neal is a nice player for the Cubs to take a flier on.
UPDATE: (8/8/2013) – The Cubs have placed Thomas Neal on the D.L. due to a dislocated right shoulder. Neal has played in 2 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .000 OPS).