Cubs select contract of right-handed pitcher Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa, Option left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs announced two roster moves Monday. The Cubs selected the contract of RHP Joel Peralta from Triple-A Iowa. Peralta was added to the 40-man roster and called up to the big leagues. Peralta is with the Cubs in Cincinnati and will be available out of the bullpen for the opener of the three-game series.
Joel Peralta will wear No. 62.
To make room on the active roster for RHP Joel Peralta, the Cubs optioned LHP Gerardo Concepcion to Triple-A Iowa.
With Monday’s roster moves, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players and the active roster consists of 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers) and 12 position players.
The 40-year-old Joel Peralta signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on June 13 after beginning the season with the Seattle Mariners, where he went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA (14 earned runs in 23.1 innings) in 26 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on June 2. With Seattle, Peralta limited left-handed hitters to a .209 batting average (9-for-43) and a .261 on-base percentage. With Iowa, Peralta posted no record with two saves and a 4.50 ERA (two earned runs in four innings) in five relief appearances, limiting all foes to a .176 batting average against.
Joel Peralta has pitched 12 major leagues seasons and posted a 20-34 record with 169 holds, 15 saves and a 4.00 ERA (286 earned runs in 644 innings) in 615 appearances, all in relief, with the Los Angeles Angels (2005), Kansas City (2006-08), Colorado (2009), Washington (2010), Tampa Bay (2011-14), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2015) and Seattle (2016). He has limited all opponents to a .232 batting average, including a .225 batting average by lefties and a .238 average by righties.
The right-hander arguably turned in his best big league seasons during his time with Tampa Bay, totaling 97 holds in a three-season span from 2011-13, including a major league best 37 holds in 2012 and a career-high, major league leading 41 holds in 2013. Overall, Peralta posted a 3.58 ERA (107 earned runs in 269.1 innings), struck out 293 batters in 269.1 innings and limited left-handed hitters to a .187 batting average (99-for-530) during those four seasons pitching for Tampa Bay in the American League East.
Gerardo Concepcion, 24, has no record and a 3.86 ERA (one earned run in 2.1 innings) in three relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He has combined to go 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA (five earned runs in 35 innings) in 22 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this year.