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Cubs roster news: Oscar De La Cruz reinstated, Tony Barnette to 60-day IL

The Cubs prospect has finished his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance

Oscar De La Cruz
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The Cubs today announced that pitcher Oscar De La Cruz has finished his 80-game suspension for a failed drug test and he has been reinstated to the 40-man roster. To make room for De La Cruz on the roster, pitcher Tony Barnette has been transferred to the 60-day injured list.

De La Cruz was suspended last season for testing positive for Furosemide, a diuretic and a masking agent. De La Cruz is the Cubs’ 21st-best prospect coming into this season, according to Baseball America, but he was the 6th-ranked prospect before his suspension. In three rehab appearances for High-A Myrtle Beach this year, De La Cruz was 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA.

De La Cruz has been assigned to Double-A Tennessee, which is where he pitched in 2018 before his suspension.

The Cubs signed Barnette as a free agent this February. He has been pitching in Triple-A Iowa on a rehab assignment, having made four relief appearances.