Cubs activate RHP Eddie Butler from the 60-day disabled list … RHP Luke Farrell optioned to Iowa
The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler off of the 60-day disabled list prior to Tuesday’s game against the Diamondbacks. Right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Eddie Butler will be available for Joe Maddon out of the pen as the Cubs continue its four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Wrigley Field.
With Butler back from the DL, the Cubs 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Eddie Butler, 27, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 20 with a right groin strain and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on June 11. He made five rehab starts with Triple-A Iowa as part of his return (0-3, 8.10 ERA), most recently pitching on Thursday in Memphis and allowing just one run on four hits and no walks with one strikeout in five innings.
Butler was a member of the Cubs 2018 Opening Day roster and went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA (seven earned runs in 14 2/3 innings) in six relief outings before landing on the disabled list. He was acquired by the Cubs from the Rockies on February 1, 2017 and has gone 4-4 with a 4.02 ERA (31 earned runs in 69 1/3 innings) in 19 games (11 starts) with the big league team the last two seasons. Including his three seasons with the Rockies, Butler is 10-20 with a 5.75 ERA (146 earned runs in 228 2/3) in 55 career Major League appearances, 39 as a starter and 16 in relief.
Luke Farrell, 27, has gone 3-4 with a 5.17 ERA (18 earned runs in 31 1/3 innings) in 20 outings, including two starts, with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he has gone 0-2 with a 4.39 ERA (13 earned runs in 26 2/3 innings) in six starts.