The Cubs announced Wednesday afternoon LHP Chris Rusin has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and is available out of the pen for Wednesday’s game.
The Cubs recalled Rusin in order to add an arm to a bullpen that had to cover 12 innings Tuesday night into Wednesday morning in relief of Edwin Jackson. Rick Renteria had to empty his pen with three relievers (Carlos Villanueva, James Russell and Pedro Strop) throwing at least two innings.
Rick Renteria said Wednesday afternoon that Chris Rusin, Wesley Wright, Justin Grimm, Brian Schlitter and Hector Rondon are the only relievers that will be available for Wednesday’s game.
Updated 6:52pm CDT: Cubs announced RHP Blake Parker was optioned to Iowa to make room on the active roster for LHP Chris Rusin. Parker pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday’s marathon.
The Cubs have not announced the corresponding roster move needed to place Chris Rusin on the active roster.
Chris Rusin has appeared in two games for the Cubs this season. Rusin has allowed six runs on 12 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings.
Chris Rusin is 7-11 in 19 starts with Iowa this year. In 122 innings, Rusin has allowed 56 runs, 51 earned, on 131 hits with 89 strikeouts and 29 walks (3.76 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).
This is Chris Rusin’s third stint with the big league club this year. Chris Rusin last pitched on July 25 and allowed three runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts in eight innings to the Memphis Redbirds.