Cubs call up OF Mike Baxter to cap roster shuffle

SAN DIEGO -- The Chicago Cubs completed their roster makeover since their last game by calling up veteran outfielder Mike Baxter before their game Tuesday against the San Diego Padres.

Baxter joins outfielder Junior Lake and pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada on the roster in replacing Brian Schlitter (demoted), Phil Coke (designated for assignment) and Welington Castillo (traded).

The 29-year-old Baxter is a five-year veteran, having appeared in 198 career games. He can play any of the three outfield positions and was hitting .290 at Triple-A Iowa before being called up. He takes Coke's place on the 40-man roster.

The Cubs now have a lefty/righty reserve situation in the outfield after going the first six weeks of the season with just one backup. The trade of Castillo has given them the look of a more traditional roster, though they're still carrying 13 pitchers for the time being. Wada will start Wednesday's game against the Padres.