Joe Smith, acquired from the Angels Monday for minor-leaguer Jesus Castillo, was expected to be added to the Cubs' 25-man roster for Tuesday's game.
Spencer Patton, we hope you enjoyed your one-day trip from the Iowa Cubs to Chicago, because you're heading back (actually, likely headed to Omaha, where the I-Cubs finish up a series today):
Joe Maddon confirmed on @670TheScore the #Cubs sent Spencer Patton to @IowaCubs to make room on active roster for Joe Smith— ChicagoCubsOnline (@TheCCO) August 2, 2016
Patton and the rest of the Cubs bullpen had the night off Monday because of Kyle Hendricks' excellent effort in throwing a complete-game shutout.
Smith last pitched for the Angels on Saturday (1⅓ innings, no hits, no walks, one strikeout), so he should be available for tonight's game against the Marlins. He might wind up facing his former Angels teammates next week when they visit Wrigley Field for two games August 9 and 10.
Brian Matusz was designated for assignment Monday, so Smith takes his place on the 40-man roster. Matusz' one-day stay on the 40-man roster might be one of the shortest stays there in recent Cubs history.