Cubs optioned RHP Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa – RHP Spencer Patton Recalled from Triple-A Iowa – LHP Clayton Richard Placed on 15-Day DL – LHP Gerardo Conception Called Up from Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs announced four roster moves Tuesday afternoon that will change the look of the Cubs’ bullpen.
The Cubs optioned RHP Adam Warren to Triple-A Iowa. Warren is being sent down to be stretched out. Warren will be used as a starter for Triple-A Iowa. RHP Spencer Patton was recalled from Triple-A Iowa to take Warren’s spot in the bullpen.
LHP Clayton Richard was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a blister/nail issue on his left hand.
The Cusb have selected the contract of LHP Gerardo Concepcion from Triple-A Iowa. Concepcion has been added to the 40-man roster.
With Tuesday’s roster moves, the Cubs’ 40 man roster stands at 39 players. The Cubs active roster consists of 25 players, 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers) and 12 position players.
Spencer Patton (No. 45) and Gerardo Concepcion (No. 50) are at Wrigley Field and will be available for Tuesday night’s game with the Cardinals.
With the Cubs in the middle of 24 games in 24 days (Tuesday is fifth of 24 days) leading up to the All-Star break, Adam Warren was sent to Iowa with the specific purpose of stretching him out to start at least one game back in the big leagues before the break. The plan is for Warren to start two games at Iowa before he is recalled.
Update 4:43pm CDT – The Cubs will use a six-man rotation one time through before the All-Star break and possibly right after the break when the second half starts at Wrigley with three games against the Rangers.
The Cubs open the second half at Wrigley Field with a six-game homestand, three games against the Rangers (July 15-17) and Mets (May 18-20). After an off-day on July 21, the Cubs have a five-game road trip to Milwaukee (July 22-24) and to the South Side. The Cubs four games against the White Sox are July 25-26 at The Cell and July 27-28 at Wrigley.
Updated 4:56pm CDT – Joe Maddon told Carrie Muskat that Clayton Richard’s finger is “pretty nasty looking.”
Gerardo Concepcion, 24, joins the first big league roster of his career after combining to go 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA (five earned runs in 35 innings) in 22 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season. He began the year with Tennessee and turned in 17.2 scoreless innings covering 10 relief outings to earn the promotion to Iowa on May 12. In his first Triple-A stint, Concepcion has posted a 1-0 record with a 2.60 ERA (five earned runs in 17.1 innings) in 12 relief outings.
Between the two stops this season, Concepcion has struck out 34 batters in 35.0 innings with a 0.97 WHIP and a .165 batting average against. With Iowa, Concepcion has limited left-handed hitters to a .190 batting average.
Concepcion originally signed a five-year Major League deal with the Cubs prior to the 2012 season after earning Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 when he went 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games (16 starts) for the Industriales. He was removed from the 40-man roster following the 2012 campaign but has gradually progressed through the Cubs system, reaching Double-A for the first time in 2015.
A native of Havana, Cuba, Concepcion has gone 8-11 with two saves and a 4.80 ERA (104 earned runs in 195.0 innings) in 103 minor league appearances, all but 14 in relief, covering the last five seasons.
Spencer Patton, 28, has posted no record with eight saves and a 1.04 ERA (three earned runs in 26 innings) in 26 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has walked only nine hitters while striking out 42 in 26.0 innings, good for an average of 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton has limited opponents to a .196 batting average and a 1.04 WHIP. He joins the Cubs for the second time this season as he made one relief appearance (May 7 vs. Washington, 0.0 innings, one earned run) for the club during his previous stay from May 5-7.
Patton broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (one earned run in 9 1/3 innings) in nine big league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. He was acquired by the Cubs from Texas last November. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA (26 earned runs in 33 1/3 innings) in 37 major league relief outings, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33 1/3 frames.
Clayton Richard, 32, has gone 0-1 with one save and a 7.30 ERA (10 earned runs/12 1/3 innings) in 22 relief outings for the Cubs this year.
Adam Warren, 28, has gone 3-1 with a 4.56 ERA (13 earned runs/25 2/3 innings) in 25 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.