Cubs place RHP Joe Smith on 15-day disabled list with left hamstring strain
According to the official transactions page, the Cubs have placed RHP Joe Smith on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain. RHP Trevor Cahill remains on the active roster after being added to the big league roster as the 26th man for Tuesday’s doubleheader.
With Wednesday’s roster moves, the Cubs 25-man roster stands at 12 pitchers (five starters, seven relievers) and 13 position players.
Joe Smith pitched in game one of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Brewers. Smith struggled again and walked two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning before Joe Maddon went to his pen for Aroldis Chapman.
In six appearances with the Cubs, Smith has been charged with three runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings (7.36 ERA, 2.72 WHIP, 16.50 FIP). Three of the six hits he has given up have left the yard, including a Grand Slam to Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning meltdown by the Cubs’ pen against the Cardinals last Saturday.
The Cubs have not announced if Trevor Cahill will make another spot start as a possibility to give John Lackey a little more time between starts.
Cahill picked up the win in game one of Tuesday’s twin bill against the Brewers. Cahill is 2-3 in 34 games, one start, with a 2.74 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 4.38 FIP with the Cubs this season.