From the Wire … Cubs Claim Right-Hander Jason Berken Off Waivers, Place Blake Parker on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made two more roster moves on Friday. The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Jason Berken off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. To make room for Berken on the 40-man roster, the Cubs placed Blake Parker on the 60-Day DL with a bone contusion in his right elbow.

The Cubs announced Friday that Jeff Samardzija would be shut down for the season after Saturday’s start against the Pirates and Jason Berken will take Samardzija’s spot in the rotation.

The Orioles selected Jason Berken in the sixth round of the 2006 draft. The 28-year old right hander (November 27, 1983) was designated for assignment by the Orioles on September 3 after pitching in just one game for the Orioles this season.

Berken is 10-17 in 24 games, 19 starts, in parts of four big league seasons with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP (152 strikeouts, 85 walks and 297 hits allowed in 230 innings).

Jason Berken spent a majority of the season in Norfolk’s starting rotation and posted a 5-6 record in 26 starts with a 3.50 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. Berken struck out 98 batters, issued 39 walks and allowed 160 hits in 144 innings.

Jason Berken’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Blake Parker was activated from the 60-day DL on August 28 after spending a majority of the season on the shelf with a right elbow stress reaction. Parker made only three appearances and was shelled in his last outing against the Nationals on Wednesday night. Parker allowed four runs on six hits in 1 2/3 innings (three games) with two walks and a strikeout … three of the six hits Parker allowed left the park (three home runs).

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  • brent carmona

    Hey rip, if germano is Doug Davis, then berken is: _______________?

  • Aaron

    As an FYI about Berken in case everyone didn’t know….
    He’s a slightly harder throwing version of Germano. I would’ve preferred they just add Jay Jackson to the roster. (side note…i hope they try him as a hitter before they release him)….
    Scouting reports I’ve seen have Berken at 88-92 mph occasionally touching 94 mph but with average stuff.