Cubs recall RHP Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa … Designate LHP Brian Matusz for assignment
The Cubs made two roster moves Monday afternoon. The Cubs recalled RHP Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa. Patton will be available out of the bullpen for the opener of the three-game series with the Marlins.
LHP Brian Matusz was designated for assignment.
The Cubs’ 25-man roster consists of 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers) and 12 position players. By designating Brian Matusz, the Cubs opened a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently acquired RHP Joe Smith.
Spencer Patton joins the Cubs for the third time this season having posted a 1-1 record with a 5.11 ERA (seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) in nine big league outings. With Iowa, he has gone 1-0 with eight saves and a 0.90 ERA (three earned runs in 30 innings) in 29 relief appearances. Patton has walked only 11 hitters while striking out 49 in 30.0 innings, good for an average of 14.7 strikeouts per nine innings. He has limited foes to a .183 batting average and a 1.00 WHIP.
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 3-2 with a 6.31 ERA (32 earned runs in 45 2/3 innings) in 45 major league relief outings, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 48 strikeouts in 45.2 frames.
Brian Matusz, 29, made the start for the Cubs on Sunday night and allowed six runs in three innings pitched, recording a no-decision in the Cubs 7-6, 12-inning win against the Mariners.