Cubs to call up veteran reliever RHP Joel Peralta
According to multiple reports, the Cubs will call up veteran right-hander Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa before Monday’s game with the Reds. The Cubs optioned LHP Gerardo Concepcion to Triple-A Iowa following Sunday’s game in Miami.
Joe Maddon knows Joel Peralta from their time together with the Tampa Bay Rays. Peralta signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on June 9. Peralta reported to the Iowa Cubs and has appeared in five games.
Peralta allowed five runs, two earned, on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts in four innings (4.50 ERA, 0.75 WHIP). Peralta has saved two games for Marty Pevey.
Joel Peralta pitched for Maddon from 2011-14 before he was traded to the Dodgers along with Adam Liberatore for Greg Harris and Jose Dominguez in November 2014. Peralta was 3-1 with a 4.34 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 5.00 FIP last season in 33 games with the Dodgers.
In four seasons with the Rays, Peralta was 11-22 with 10 saves, a 3.58 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 3.40 FIP. Peralta appeared in 296 games and completed 269 1/3 innings while allowing 113 runs, 107 earned, on 200 hits with 84 walks and 293 strikeouts.
Peralta made 26 appearances for the Mariners this season after signing as a free agent in February. Peralta was 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 5.52 FIP. In 23 1/3 innings, Peralta allowed 14 runs on 24 hits with seven walks and 28 strikeouts.
The Mariners released the 40-year old Joel Peralta on June 4 and he officially signed with the Cubs on June 13.