Chris Valaika expected to make hometown debut with Cubs

Chris Valaika expected to make hometown debut with Cubs
August 1, 2014, 9:30 am
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Nina Falcone

Chris Valaika will be surrounded by plenty of family and friends as he's expected to make his Cubs debut during the upcoming series against the Dodgers.

The Los Angeles-area native was pulled from Thursday's Triple-A game and will be in uniform as the Cubs kick off their three-game series on the West Coast.

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Valaika's hitting .278/.344/.423 with 10 home runs and 50 RBI in 352 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa. He played in 19 spring training games with the Cubs this season.

The 28-year-old infielder played 22 games with the Miami Marlins last season, hitting .219 with a home run and nine RBI.