As expected, RHP Dan Straily was optioned to Iowa following Saturday’s game against the Mets. Straily took the loss in his first start with the Cubs. Straily had two bad innings but retired the side in order in four of the six innings he pitched. Straily was charged with seven runs, five earned, on four hits with three walks, a HBP and four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
The Cubs have recalled OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa. Szczur will be available for Sunday’s game at Citi Field. Szczur was on the 40-man roster and on an optional assignment with Triple-A Iowa.
Matt Szczur will be the seventh different player to make his big league debut this season for the Chicago Cubs. Szczur will join Arismendy Alcantara, Neil Ramirez, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada and Dallas Beeler.
Matt Szczur hit .261/.315/.312 in 116 games for Iowa with 16 doubles, one triple and one home run. Szczur can play all three outfield spots and swiped 30 bases while being caught seven times.
Over his last 14 games, Szczur hit .292/.313/.338 with three doubles and a .652 OPS. Szczur can, and has, track down just about any ball hit near him in the outfield. When Szczur is in center, he can cover from gap to gap.
The Cubs selected Szczur in the fifth round of the 2010 draft. After persuading him to forego football for baseball, Szczur was added to the 40-man roster due to the Major League contract he had to sign that voided his original contract. Szczur has one minor league option remaining after this season.
Dan Straily will rejoin the big league team when the roster expands in September. The front office and coaching staff would like to see Straily make a couple of starts before the season ends. The Cubs have not announced the plans for the rotation in September but both Straily and Felix Doubront are expected to be part of the plan over the final month for the season.
With the two roster moves, the Cubs active roster stands at 25 players … 13 pitchers, 12 position players.