Cubs recall RHP Duane Underwood Jr. to make Major League debut on Monday night at Dodger Stadium … RHP Tyler Chatwood placed on paternity list
The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. from Triple-A Iowa and placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the Paternity List.
Duane Underwood Jr., who will wear number 51, will make his Major League debut as the starting pitcher as the Cubs begin a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. The 23-year-old has gone 3-7 with a 4.27 ERA (34 earned runs in 71 2/3 innings) in 14 games, all but one as a starter, with Triple-A Iowa this season, his first at the Triple-A level. Underwood Jr. has allowed just three homers in 71 2/3 innings pitched and has limited opponents to a .352 slugging percentage.
A second round selection of the Cubs in the 2012 Draft, Underwood Jr. was selected to the 40-man roster in November of 2016. In seven minor league seasons, he has gone 31-32 with a 3.79 ERA (221 earned runs in 524 2/3 innings) and one complete game in 114 games, including 108 starts. He set career marks in 2017 with 13 wins, 98 strikeouts and 138.0 innings pitched with Double-A Tennessee.
The six-foot, two-inch righty is set to become the first Cub to make his Major League debut as a starting pitcher since Jen-Ho Tseng, September 14, 2017 versus the Mets, and the first pitcher to do so on the road since Kyle Hendricks, July 10, 2014 at Cincinnati.
Tyler Chatwood, 28, has gone 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA (30 earned runs in 68 1/3 innings) in 14 starts this season. Chatwood and his wife welcomed a baby boy into the world. And the Cubs right-hander is expected to rejoin the team when the Cubs return to Chicago later in the week.