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.