From the Wire: Cubs Option Chris Rusin to Iowa, Set to Recall Blake Parker

According to multiple reports following Saturday’s game, the Cubs optioned LHP Chris Rusin back to Triple-A Iowa. Rusin was recalled prior to Saturday’s game in St. Louis. After Rusin allowed one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in relief of Carlos Villanueva, the Cubs optioned Rusin out in order to recall RHP Blake Parker.

Chris Rusin threw 55 pitches, 36 for strikes, over five innings on Saturday. Rusin would not be available for five days so sending him back to Iowa makes sense. Rusin cannot be recalled for 10 days, unless he is replacing an injured player.

The Cubs will officially recall RHP Blake Parker prior to Sunday’s game. Parker pitched his way to Iowa in the spring. In three appearances for the I-Cubs this season, Parker has not allowed a run or walked a batter. Parker has picked up a save while giving up three hits and striking out five batters.

The Cubs figure to shuffle relievers in and out of the pen all season. Saturday’s three roster moves are just the start.

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  • cubtex

    Like I said. Revolving Door!

    • SuzyS

      I agree with you that our pen this year will have a lot of moving parts throughout the season.
      Hopefully, a few mainstays will evolve.

    • Tony_H

      Back ends of bullpens are revolving doors. Ideally you have 3-4 guys for the last couple spots and you keep them fresh. But it is not like anyone thought the bullpen would be the same 7 guys all year.

      • Tony_H

        Meant to say, keep them fresh by these guys having options and shuffling them back and forth to AAA.

        • Richard Hood

          Yep every team has a couple guys early in the year that “Ride the Shuttle” between AAA and the big club. Last year the Cards did the same thing with Wacka till almost the all star break.

      • cubtex

        no…but this year it will be a constant audition for a couple of spots all year.

        • Richard Hood

          I really expect the Cubs bullpen to be solidified by the end of May to middle of June when those 2 spots you are talking about are taken by Fujikawa and Rosscup.

          • Eugene Debs

            I pretty much expect Fujikawa to get healthy, pitch lights out in a rehab assignment, come in, throw a pitch and have his arm fall off.

  • cubtex

    Wada is having another very good start for Iowa tonight. I could see him being brought up to start in place of Villanueva if Arrieta isn’t ready.

    • Tony_H

      He’s not on the 40 man roster, I don’t see it when they have Rusin available.

  • Tom U

    The Cubs with a system Sweep!

    Iowa 5-0 over Memphis, Wada 10K
    Tennessee 5-1 over Chattanooga, Bryant with a HR
    Daytona 7-1 over Tampa, Almora a HR
    Kane County 9-8 over Lake County, Rogers and Bote back-to-back HR’s

    • GaryLeeT

      I wonder how often the MLB teams that are playing in a series also have their AAA teams in one at the same time. It’s like they are women who have synced their cycles.

  • Eugene Debs

    Solid performance from Rusin today. Saved some serious wear and tear on the bullpen.

    • Ripsnorter1

      And in deep appreciation, he gets sent right back down.

      They know how to build confidence!

      • Tony_H

        Come on Rip, he was brought up for a reason and the Indians just did this with top prospect Trevor Bauer.

      • Tony_H

        It is called smart roster management.

        • Patrick_Schaefer

          Smart roster management would have given him the start over Villanueva.

          • Tony_H

            Not necessarily. Villanueva in starts is usually only effective in the 70-80 pitch range. Piggy backing Rusin was a smart move. It is very likely Rusin was up for just the day.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Any news on Olt’s shoulder from the other day?

    • Neil

      Patrick, I have not heard or read anything more on his shoulder after Friday. He pinch-hit yesterday, stayed in and played third. He’s in today’s starting lineup.