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Cubs Activate Neil Ramirez From DL, Recall Yoervis Medina

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More bullpen arms have arrived.

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The Cubs will have two more fresh arms in the bullpen for tonight's game against the Cardinals:

Ramirez has been on the disabled list since late July and made just 13 big-league appearances covering 8⅔ innings this year. In his latest rehab assignment at Double-A Tennessee, he made four appearances covering 3⅓ innings, allowed three hits, three walks and two runs and struck out five. Here's hoping his shoulder is back to 100 percent.

Yoervis Medina made five appearances with the Cubs earlier this year covering nine innings, and was pretty bad: 12 hits and four walks allowed for a WHIP of 1.778 and a 7.00 ERA. After being sent back to Iowa at the end of July he posted a 3.45 ERA in 12 outings with 14 strikeouts and nine walks in 15⅔ innings. This was always the complaint about him: great arm, no command.

The addition of Ramirez and Medina to the active roster means the Cubs now have 34 players on the active roster. Of those, 18 are pitchers and 13 are relievers, so the Cubs should have plenty of extra bodies down in the bullpen. Both Ramirez and Medina were on the 40-man roster as of August 31, so both would be eligible for the postseason roster, though only Ramirez really has a chance to be on the Cubs playoff roster.