Cubs Roster Moves: Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup Recalled; Justin Ruggiano To DL, Blake Parker To Iowa

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Apparently, the Cubs don't have enough relief pitchers.

Justin Ruggiano limped off the field Wednesday with an apparent hamstring injury. That, and the Cubs' bullpen failures, have led to the following roster moves:

Well. This gives the Cubs a 13-man pitching staff and really leaves the bench short. That's only a four-man bench, and one of those is backup catcher John Baker, who has been impotent offensively this year.

On the other hand, Zac Rosscup threw well in his one-game trial earlier this month, and Neil Ramirez threw quite well in spring training. He was a starter in the Rangers system, but had pitched exclusively in relief for Triple-A Iowa this year. In seven appearances covering seven innings he posted a 7.71 ERA, with five walks and 11 strikeouts and two home runs allowed.

Sounds like he'll fit right in with this pitching staff. Hopefully the 13-man staff won't last too long.

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