Newcomb, 29, has made four outings out of the bullpen for the Cubs this season, allowing eight runs in 4.1 IP with two walks and four strikeouts. The left-hander spent time on the 15-day injured list from May 11-June 12 with a left ankle sprain before being designated for assignment on June 13 and outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on June 20.
In 12 games (one start) with the I-Cubs, Newcomb is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts, including a season-high eight-strikeout performance in his lone start on July 28 at St. Paul. Newcomb was acquired by Chicago from Atlanta on April 21 of this season for right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez and a cash consideration.
Bote, 29, is hitting .259 with three doubles, one home run, and three RBI in 21 games for the Cubs this season, after missing from April 7-June 24 while recovering from left shoulder surgery.