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Cubs roster move: Allen Webster added, Brandon Morrow to 60-day disabled list

The Cubs have a new reliever.

Allen Webster in September 2015 with the D-backs
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

With Brandon Morrow declared out for the season Tuesday, the Cubs added another relief pitcher to the active roster Wednesday:

Allen Webster was once a top prospect of the Dodgers, and was traded to the Red Sox when Ben Cherington purged some of Theo Epstein’s contracts, sending Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, among others, to L.A. in 2012.

Webster hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2015 (oddly enough, with the Diamondbacks, who he could face tonight) and is now 28. In 17 appearances (two starts) in the Cubs organization in the AZ rookie league, Double-A and Triple-A this year, he posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.235 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in 17 innings, with just three walks allowed.

Of more interest: Webster was acquired by the Cubs March 2 and has been in the organization all year. Thus, he is eligible for postseason rosters. Not saying the Cubs would do that, only that they now have another reliever who they could add to a playoff roster if they needed someone.

Webster will wear uniform No. 61. He’ll be available tonight at Chase Field. The Cubs’ 40-man roster remains full at 40 players.

Tonight’s full game preview will post at 6:45 p.m. CT — just wanted to get this information out there now.


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