The Cubs made five roster moves on Saturday morning as expected.
Jake Arrieta was activated from the 15-day DL. To make room on the active roster for Arrieta, Zac Rosscup was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs placed Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. The Cubs purchased the contract of Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa, placed him on the 40-man roster and added him to the active roster. Kyuji Fujikawa was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Chris Coghlan.
All but one of the roster moves was expected. Zac Rosscup appeared in only one game since he was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on April 24. Rosscup tossed a scoreless inning in Cincinnati with a walk and a strikeout. Rick Renteria has been turning to Wesley Wright as his lefty late in games and not James Russell. Renteria has not called on James Russell since April 23.
Kyuji Fujikawa left an extended Spring Training game on April 14, as reported by Arizona Phil, with an apparent injury. Reports have not surfaced if Fujikawa has pitched in a game since. The Cubs have not updated his status since Spring Training when he appeared to be on target to return to the Cubs’ bullpen in May. Fujikawa is recovering from last June’s Tommy John surgery.
With the five roster moves, the Cubs will stick with an eight-man bullpen of Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez, Brian Schlitter, Carlos Villanueva, Wesley Wright and James Russell.
Chris Coghlan almost made the roster out of Spring Training. The Cubs decided to take Ryan Kalish to Pittsburgh and send Coghlan to Iowa to start the season. Coghlan hit .243/.379/.314 with five doubles and a .694 OPS in 24 games with the I-Cubs.
The Cubs have not said how long they expect Ryan Sweeney to be sidelined. And Justin Ruggiano is still at least three weeks from returning from his hamstring injury.
Updated 10:32am CDT – Ryan Sweeney will be out three to four weeks with a right hamstring strain (tear).