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Cubs roster moves: Patrick Wisdom activated from injured list, Daniel Palencia called up

The Cubs have made some roster shuffles in advance of Tuesday afternoon’s contest in Milwaukee.

Patrick Wisdom works out with the Cubs in London
Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The Cubs acquired hard-throwing righthander Daniel Palencia from the Athletics two summers ago (along with Greg Deichmann) for Andrew Chafin.

Today, that deal will have a major league impact as Palencia has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to begin his MLB career.

Truth be told, Palencia’s overall numbers don’t look all that good. He’s posted a 6.83 ERA and 1.379 WHIP in 18 games (five starts) combined between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this year. All of the starts came in Double-A and he’s been exclusively a reliever at Iowa. Of the 13 relief appearances, nine were scoreless, but he gave up a lot of runs in three of the other four.

Hopefully, his results will be better at the big-league level.

To make room for Palencia on the 26-man roster, Hayden Wesneski has been optioned back to Triple-A Iowa, and to make room for Palencia on the 40-man roster, Brad Boxberger has been moved to the 60-day injured list.

In another roster move today, the Cubs placed Nick Madrigal on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring injury. That was suffered during Monday’s game in Milwaukee. To replace Madrigal on the active roster, the Cubs activated third baseman Patrick Wisdom from the injured list. He’d had a wrist problem. Hopefully that was the reason for his rough performance before his IL stint — in his last 11 games before the IL placement, Wisdom was 2-for-33 (,061) with 16 strikeouts. He went 2-for-10 with a double and a home run in three rehab assignment games for Iowa.

So, the Chicago Cubs will look a bit different beginning today. Best of luck to Palencia on his MLB debut, and here’s hoping Wisdom begins hitting home runs again.