The Cubs made two additions to the active roster prior to Tuesday’s game with the Cardinals.
RHP Neil Ramirez was activated from the 15-day disabled list and RHP Yoervis Medina was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. With the two moves, the Cubs active roster stands at 34 players, 18 pitchers (five starters, 13 relievers) and 16 position players.
Neil Ramirez, 26, has gone 1-0 with one hold and a 3.12 ERA (three earned runs in 8 2/3 innings) in 13 relief appearances for the Cubs this season but has twice been sidelined due to injury with right shoulder inflammation from April 17-June 28 and with left abdominal soreness since July 29.
The right-hander made his Major League debut with the Cubs last season and went 3-3 with 17 holds, three saves and a 1.44 ERA (seven earned runs in 43 2/3 innings) in 50 relief appearances. He struck out 53 batters in 43.2 innings and limited opponents to a .184 batting average against. He also held the opposition to a .271 on-base percentage and a .278 slugging percentage, good for only a .549 opponents OPS.
Neil Ramirez joined the Cubs with right-hander Justin Grimm, infielder Mike Olt and right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. in the deal that sent pitcher Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers on July 22, 2013.
Yoervis Medina, 27, has combined to go 1-0 with one save and a 4.71 ERA (11 earned runs in 21 innings) in 17 relief appearances between the Cubs and the Seattle Mariners, from whom he was acquired on May 19 for catcher Welington Castillo. In 146 big league relief appearances between Seattle (2013-15) and the Cubs (2015), Medina has gone 10-9 with 43 holds, two saves and a 3.08 ERA (50 earned runs in 146 innings). He has struck out 147 batters in 146 Major League innings while limiting opponents to a .222 batting average, including a .228 mark vs. right-handed hitters and a .215 mark vs. lefthanders.
In Triple-A this year in the Mariners and Cubs organizations, Medina combined to go 1-2 with two saves and a 5.63 ERA (25 earned runs in 40 innings) in 32 relief outings, fanning 39 batters in 40 innings pitched.
Yoervis Medina broke into the big leagues with the Mariners in 2013 and went 4-6 with one save and a 2.91 ERA (22 earned runs in 68 innings) in 63 relief appearances while ranking second among all American League rookies with 19 holds. Last season, he improved upon those numbers by going 5-3 with 21 holds and a 2.68 ERA (17 earned runs in 57 innings) in 66 relief outings while leading the Mariners and ranking 12th in the league in holds.