How to get Caratini playing time has been a debate for the Cubs since Spring Training. With Willson Contreras established as the everyday catcher, Maddon knew it would be a challenge.
Maddon said the move had nothing to do with Gimenez's prior experience catching pitcher Yu Darvish, who was scheduled to start Sunday night against the Giants before being placed on the disabled list on Saturday evening.
Gimenez's connection to Darvish from his days catching the right-hander with the Rangers in 2014 has been reported since the Cubs signed the 35-year-old veteran to a Minor League deal in January. At the time, they were considered one of the frontrunners to sign Darvish, and there was speculation that bringing Gimenez in would sweeten the deal.
However, the Cubs said then that they liked Gimenez for reasons other than his relationship with Darvish. They officially signed Darvish in mid-February.
Just as the Cubs aren't concerned with finding playing time for Gimenez, getting in the lineup isn't his main prerogative while he's in the Majors.
"I'm excited to do whatever the heck they want me to do. I'll be a cheerleader." Gimenez said. "I'm here for moral support as far as I know."
Gimenez hit .224 with no homers and seven RBIs in 36 games with Iowa. He had an opt-out clause in his contract that would have taken effect next Friday had the Cubs not added him to the Major League roster.