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Cubs roster move: Brian Duensing activated from disabled list, Luke Farrell to Iowa

The Cubs will have another lefty in the pen.

Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Duensing got off to a pretty good start this year, and then over his last eight appearances: 19.64 ERA, 3.136 (!) WHIP over 7⅓ innings. Yikes.

An injury (shoulder fatigue) was diagnosed and Duensing was placed on the disabled list July 1.

Now, apparently healthy again, he’s back:

Luke Farrell has posted a 3.86 ERA and 1.347 WHIP in 19 appearances covering 28 innings over three different stints with the Cubs this season. He was having a good July, with 5⅓ scoreless innings. Farrell can be useful to the Cubs as he is stretched out to go multiple innings, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back later in the season.

Duensing was effective early in the season and also last year, so if he’s healthy I would expect him to be a useful part of the bullpen again.

No 40-man roster move was needed in this transaction. Thus the Cubs’ 40-man roster remains at 38 players.