According to multiple reports, the Cubs optioned RHP Neil Ramirez to Iowa and have recalled RHP Blake Parker. The Cubs reportedly would like to give Ramirez a breather and his demotion is not performance based.
Neil Ramirez began the year in the minors, the team has already used one of his minor league options for this season
Neil Ramirez pitched an inning in Friday’s win over the Cardinals and has appeared in 33 games for the Cubs this season. In 28 innings, the hard-throwing right hander has allowed three runs on 16 hits with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts. Ramirez appeared in nine games this month and gave up seven hits over 6 2/3 shutout innings with two walks and six strikeouts.
Blake Parker has appeared in five games for the Cubs this season and can pitch multiple innings. Parker has allowed six runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings (9.53 ERA, 1.94 WHIP). This is Parker’s fourth stint with the big league team of the year.
The Cubs are committed to not overusing the young power arms in the pen and that is the main reason for carrying 13 pitchers on the active roster for a majority of the year with an eight-man bullpen. The bullpen has been overused the last three weeks. The front office should consider using a couple of pitchers when the rosters expand in September to piggyback starters in order to keep from losing several promising young relievers to injury.