The Cubs announced two roster moves Tuesday afternoon.
The Cubs placed INF Tommy La Stella on the 15-day DL retroactive to April 9 with right cage inflammation. LHP Zac Rosscup was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take La Stella’s spot on the active roster. Rosscup will be available for the Cubs Tuesday night against the Reds.
Joe Maddon told the beat writers the discussion about possibly placing Tommy La Stella on the DL revolved around calling up a reliever and not a position player. Maddon pointed to the relievers seeing a lot of work over the first week of the season, even with the days off, as the reason he felt a reliever should be added to the active roster.
Maddon did not rule out a position player being called up soon.
With Tuesday’s roster moves, the Cubs 25-man roster currently consists of 13 pitchers and 12 position players.
INF Tommy La Stella earned a spot on the roster during Spring Training. La Stella played in both games of the Cardinals’ series and went 1-for-6 with a stolen base. La Stella was unavailable during the weekend series in Denver and could not play in Monday’s opener against the Reds.
LHP Zac Rosscup had a good spring after dealing with command issues early in camp. The southpaw posted no record and a 2.70 ERA (3 ER/10.0 IP) in 10 appearances with the Cubs during Spring Training before being optioned to Iowa on April 1. Rosscup appeared in two of Iowa’s first five games. Rosscup struck out five batters over two innings without allowing a hit. Rosscup walked one batter, last pitching on Sunday in Memphis when he struck out three in an inning of work.
Rosscup pitched in 18 games for the Cubs last season. Rosscup was 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA, a 1.95 WHIP and a 4.63 FIP. Rosscup gave up 14 hits with 12 walks and 21 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
Over the last two seasons, Zac Rosscup has appeared in 28 games at the big league level. Rosscup is 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA, a 1.80 WHIP and a 5.10 FIP.