Cubs lefthander Justin Steele, who’s been a breath of fresh air in the bullpen since his callup from Triple-A Iowa, injured his hamstring during Thursday’s game, apparently while running the bases.
And so, he’ll now get a 10-day (at least) break:
#Cubs placing LHP Justin Steele on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain. LHP Brad Wieck recalled from Triple-A Iowa.— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) May 21, 2021
Steele had a 2.03 ERA and 1.050 WHIP in 11 appearances covering 13⅓ innings, with 21 strikeouts. That’s 14.2 K’s per nine innings, or put another way, he has struck out 21 of the 56 batters he has faced so far (37.5 percent).
Brad Wieck has pitched in two games for the Cubs this year, throwing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. At Triple-A Iowa he has appeared in three games covering 4x innings with no runs allowed and seven strikeouts. He was part of a combined no-hitter for Iowa vs. Omaha on May 9, throwing the seventh and eighth innings with five strikeouts.
The Iowa Shuttle has been effective for the Cubs so far this year, let’s hope it continues.