The Cubs acquired Brandon Kintzler from the Nationals before Tuesday’s non-waiver deadline, and now he’s been added to the active 25-man roster and will be available for tonight’s game against the Pirates:
#Cubs option Rosario to Iowa to make room for Kintzler who is on his way to Pittsburgh— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 1, 2018
And, in case you’re interested:
Randy Rosario has pitched reasonably well for the Cubs. In 26 outings covering 32 innings he has a 1.97 ERA, but a 1.344 WHIP due to 16 walks. Many of the innings he was throwing will now be covered by guys like Steve Cishek, Justin Wilson and Brian Duensing.
Now, before you flame me about Duensing, he had a fine year in 2017 for the Cubs, and until June he was replicating that. But he had a horrific June and went on the disabled list with what was termed “shoulder fatigue.” He came back and had a couple of decent outings and then started getting hit hard again. Hopefully, that’s just a blip and Duensing can continue to contribute, as he is under contract through 2019.
Also, Happy Birthday to Kintzler, who turns 34 today and for the second straight year, gets to start with a new team on his birthday, as he was traded by the Twins to the Nationals on July 31, 2017.
A full game preview will post at 4 p.m. CT for tonight’s contest.