Lim, 37, a sidearm pitcher pitched in four minor league levels and posted a 0.79 ERA in 11 appearances for Triple-A Iowa. During the 2012 winter, Lim signed a two-year contract with the Cubs while he recovered from reconstructive right elbow sugrery (Tommy John surgery).
Lim spent 17 seasons in his native Korea (1996-2007) and in Japan (2008-2012). He also played in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia and the 2009 World Baseball Classic for Korea.
Lim earned 28 saves or more from 2008-11 in Japan.
To make room for Lim on the 40-man roster reliever Michael Bowden was designated for assignment. Bowden, 26, posted a 1-3 record and went 37 2/3 innings, registered a 4.30 ERA in 34 appearances at the major league level for the Cubs this season.
Bowden spoke to the media about his current status with the Cubs.
“That’s part of the game,” said Bowden, whom the Cubs have 10 days to trade, waive or release. “I got to go out there and pitch but wasn’t necessarily happy with my performance. But I’ve been through this a few times before, and I’m sure I’ll be through it again, hopefully not.
“I love playing here. I love playing for the city of Chicago and the fans and my hometown team. You know what? God has something else in store for me.’’