The Cubs have two relievers (Steve Cishek, Brian Duensing) who have appeared in half (20) of the team’s 40 games, and two others (Carl Edwards Jr., 19, Pedro Strop, 18) who are close. Starters haven’t been going deep into games.
So, another reliever has been added to the 25-man roster, beginning tonight:
David Bote optioned, LHP Randy Rosario promoted from Triple-A Iowa— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) May 17, 2018
Randy Rosario, who turns 24 tomorrow, pitched in two games for the Twins last year and trust me, you do not want to look at the results (don’t say I didn’t warn you). For Iowa this year, he’s been really good: 0.52 ERA and 0.865 WHIP in 11 appearances covering 17⅓ innings.
The move temporarily gives the Cubs four lefthanded relievers: Duensing, Rosario, Justin Wilson and Mike Montgomery, although it was strongly hinted earlier this week that Montgomery would start one of the games of Saturday’s doubleheader. Presuming that happens, it would take MiMo out of the relief mix the next two days. The Cubs will be able to add a 26th man for the doubleheader Saturday, likely another reliever.
I would assume that when Jason Heyward returns from the concussion DL, he’ll take the place of either Rosario or Justin Hancock, with Bote now back at Iowa. In eight games with the Cubs, Bote hit .263 (5-for-19) with two doubles and five RBI.