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Cubs recall RHP Dillon Maples; Tyler Chatwood to DL

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The Cubs make a move before the start of their series with the Reds

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The Cubs today announced that right-handed relief pitcher Dillon Maples has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and that right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right hip tightness.

This is Maples’ fourth stint with the major league club this season, although he only threw 3.1 innings in three games in the previous major league stints. In two of those appearances, he did not allow a run or a hit. Against Minnesota on July 1, he was shellacked for five runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Maples also made six major league appearances for the Cubs in 2017.

This year in Iowa, Maples has been practically unhittable as opposing batters have managed a meager .147 batting average against him over 37.1 innings. He’s also fanned an unbelievable 71 batters in that time. But as you likely know, the problem with Maples is throwing strikes, and he’s walked 37 batters in those 37.1 innings. Still, Maples has a 2-3 record with a 2.41 ERA, as well as nine saves in eleven attempts.

Maples is available for tonight’s game against Cincinnati.

Chatwood, of course, has had similar problems throwing strikes this season, having walked 93 batters in 101.2 innings. Chatwood made 20 starts for the Cubs this year before recently being moved to the bullpen. He has a record of 4-6 with a 5.22 ERA.

A similar move will have to be made tomorrow as Iowa starter Alec Mills will get Friday’s start for the Cubs.