The Cubs announced two roster moves Sunday afternoon.
The Cubs reinstated RHP Neil Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list. And LHP Tsuyoshi Wada was placed on the 15-day DL with left deltoid inflammation (left shoulder). The Cubs backdated Wada’s trip to the disabled list to Tuesday, June 23.
RHP Donn Roach remains on the active roster. The Cubs have not decided who will make the start when the fifth spot in the rotation comes back around. The Cubs announced Saturday night that Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta would start the three-game series at Citi Field. Jason Hammel is expected to pitch the opener of the Marlins’ series at Wrigley (Friday, July 3).
With Sunday’s roster moves, the 25-man roster currently consists of 13 pitchers (four starters and nine relievers) and 12 position players.
LHP Tsuyoshi Wada had to leave last Monday’s game against the Dodgers in the third inning. The Cubs were hoping to avoid placing him on the DL. As of late Friday the Cubs were still downplaying the injury and reports indicated Wada did not have an MRI or undergo any tests on the shoulder.
Wada has struggled in the Cubs’ rotation this year after starting the season on the disabled list. Wada was coming off his best outing of the season, seven innings of shutout ball in Cleveland after which he declared, “I am a badass.” Wada posted a 1-1 record in four starts with a 5.17 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP before landing on the disabled list. In seven starts this season, Wada was 1-1 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP.
Neil Ramirez appeared in three games during his rehab assignment, two for Double-A Tennessee and one for Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez allowed one hit and struck out four batters in 2 2/3 innings. Ramirez pitched two perfect innings for Double-A Tennessee with three strikeouts and allowed a hit to one of the three batters he faced in two-thirds of an inning with Iowa.
Neil Ramirez appeared in five games this season before being placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on April 17. Ramirez allowed one run on one hit with three walks and four strikeouts (3.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP) in three innings.
Last season, Ramirez pitched in 50 games out of the Cubs’ pen and posted a 3-3 record with three saves. Ramirez allowed 11 runs, seven earned, on 29 hits with 17 walks and 53 strikeouts (1.44 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 2.61 FIP).