Carl Edwards Jr. has pitched quite well since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa at the beginning of May: 15 appearances, 2.03 ERA, 0.525 WHIP, 15 strikeouts in 13⅓ innings. He last pitched Sunday against the Cardinals.
Unfortunately, now he’s heading to the injured list:
Cubs placing Carl Edwards Jr. on the 10-day injured list with a left thoracic strain and recalling Tim Collins from Triple-A Iowa.— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) June 13, 2019
A thoracic strain could wind up taking quite a while to heal, so the Cubs could be without CJ for some time.
Tim Collins has made five appearances for the big-league Cubs this year with a 3.86 ERA and 1.929 WHIP, honestly not all that effective. The Cubs likely chose him instead of, say, Dillon Maples because Collins is lefthanded and the Dodgers have many lefthanded hitters. Collins has been pretty good at getting LH hitters out at Iowa, as they are hitting .111/.265/.148 against him there. Small sample size (3-for-27), and we’re talking Triple-A hitters, but still.
Depending on how long CJ is going to be out, it’s possible Maples will be recalled after the Dodger series, or it’s even possible that Collins sticks around until Craig Kimbrel is ready to be activated. That’s not likely to happen for a couple of weeks yet.
As always, we await developments. The game preview for tonight’s game against the Dodgers will post at 7 p.m. CT.