Cubs place RHP Anthony Bass on 10-day DL, Select contract of RHP James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs made two roster moves on Sunday prior to the finale of the three-game series with the Reds. The Cubs have placed RHP Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to July 5, with an undisclosed illness.
RHP James Norwood has been called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Bass’ spot in the bullpen.
The Cubs selected the contract of James Norwood, added him to the 40-man and active roster. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.
James Norwood, who joins the first Major League roster of his career, will wear uniform number 57 and be available for the Cubs as Joe Maddon’s team concludes its three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.
The 24-year-old Norwood joins the Cubs after going 1-2 with two saves, a 2.13 ERA (nine earned runs in 38 innings) with a 1.05 WHIP in 29 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa this season. Norwood has struck out 44 batters and walked 12 in 38 innings, contributing to a 1.05 WHIP. Norwood has limited foes to a .206 batting average and allowed only two home runs.
Norwood began the 2018 campaign with Tennessee and went 1-2 with a 2.48 ERA (nine earned runs in 32 2/3 innings) and a 1.13 WHIP in 25 relief outings to earn his first-career promotion to Triple-A on June 25, where he has tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings covering four relief outings leading to his big league call-up. With Iowa, Norwood has posted a 0.56 WHIP and held opponents to a .158 batting average against.
A native of New York, NY, Norwood was originally selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft out of St. Louis University. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder pitched as both a starter and reliever during his first two years of pro ball before pitching exclusively in relief starting in 2016. Overall, Norwood is 11-14 with 17 saves, a 3.84 ERA (86 earned runs in 201 2/3) and a 1.33 WHIP in 127 minor league appearances, all but 15 in relief, covering five seasons in the Cubs minor league system. He is a graduate of All Hallows High School in Bronx, NY.
Anthony Bass, 30, has no record and a 0.63 ERA (one earned run in 14 1/3 innings) in 14 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.