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Cubs roster move: Steven Brault activated from COVID list, Anderson Espinoza optioned

The Cubs have some relief help for today’s game.

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With Tuesday’s game going 11 innings and several relievers used, the Cubs could use some more relief help and they got it for Wednesday’s game. They activated left-handed pitcher Steven Brault off the COVID-19 injured list and optioned right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza to Triple-A Iowa.

Brault begins his second stint with the Cubs this season after being placed on the COVID-19 injured list August 2. He has no runs allowed in 5⅔ innings pitched over five relief appearances. Brault will be in the bullpen for this afternoon’s contest against the Nationals.

Espinoza has made six relief appearances for Chicago and has posted a 4.11 ERA and 1.500 WHIP (seven earned runs in 15⅓ innings). He made his big-league debut in the nightcap of the May 30 doubleheader against Milwaukee, allowing two runs in four innings.