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Cubs roster moves: Mark Zagunis and Justin Hancock called up

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Jen-Ho Tseng and Rob Zastryzny have been optioned to Iowa

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs continue their roster shuffle ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Miami Marlins. For Tuesday’s game they needed an emergency starter, and Jen-Ho Tseng was brought up. Unfortunately he was soundly beaten up by the Marlins offense, giving up three runs on four hits, including a home run, and was pulled after two innings. Rob Zastryzny also pitched in Tuesday’s game, and maintained his 0.00 ERA, holding on for two clean innings of work.

Both Tseng and Zastryzny have been optioned to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, and Mark Zagunis and Justin Hancock have been called up, keeping the 40-man roster at 40.

Zagunis is an outfielder who appeared in seven games for the Cubs last season and left without collecting a single hit in 18 plate appearances. He’s having a much better season so far in Triple-A, hitting .298/.412/.436 with three home runs. With Jason Heyward on the 7-day concussion list following a collision with the outfield wall, the Cubs will be looking for some outfield depth.

For Wednesday’s game Kris Bryant will play in right field, and David Bote will play third base, but Zagunis is available off the bench.

Justin Hancock — whose fastball touched 98 in spring training — has never pitched at the major league level, but is having a serviceable season in relief for Iowa, with a 3.77 ERA in 14.1 innings of work. He will also be available out of the bullpen for today's game.