Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer added two players to the Cubs’ minor league system Tuesday. The Cubs received left-handed pitcher Hunter Cervenka as the player to be named later from the Red Sox to complete the trade for Marlon Byrd. The Cubs sent Marlon Byrd, along with cash to Boston, for right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and a PTBNL on April 21.
The Cubs also announced they signed right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract. MacDougal reported to Triple-A Iowa and pitched in Tuesday’s game. The Red Sox selected Hunter Cervenka in the 27th round of the 2008 draft. The 22-year old lefty (January 3, 1990) has dealt with command issues and was 0-3 with an 8.04 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP for Class-A Greenville prior to being dealt to the Cubs. In 15 2/3 innings, all in relief, Cervenka walked 12 batters, struck out 24 and allowed 17 runs, 14 earned, on 15 hits.
In parts of four minor league seasons, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Texan has a 6-19 record in 56 games, 23 starts, with a 5.97 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP.
Hunter Cervenka is expected to report to Peoria on Wednesday.
Mike MacDougal was released by the Dodgers on May 11 after a bad start with the Dodgers. After posting a respectable 3-1 record with a save in 69 appearances last season (2.05 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP, 29 walks and 41 strikeouts with 54 hits in 57 innings), MacDougal allowed five runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings this season with four strikeouts and six walks in 5 2/3 innings (7.94 ERA and a 2.65 WHIP).
Mike MacDougal (35 years old, March 5, 1977) made his I-Cubs debut Tuesday and allowed two runs on one hit and four walks with two strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning.
There has not been any progress made on the compensation the Padres will receive from the Cubs for letting Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod out of their contracts.
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