Cubs option RHP Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa … LHP Mike Montgomery placed on 10-day Injured List … LHP Kyle Ryan recalled from Triple-A Iowa … RHP Allen Webster added to active roster .. RHP Jen-Ho Tseng designated for assignment
The Cubs made five roster moves prior to Saturday’s game in Milwaukee. The Cubs have placed left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 5) with a mild left lat strain and optioned right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa. In corresponding roster moves, left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher Allen Webster has been selected from Triple-A Iowa.
To make room for Webster on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng has been designated for assignment.
Kyle Ryan, 27, signed a one-year Major League deal with the Cubs last November after going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA in 22 appearances (eight starts, 14 in relief) for Triple-A Iowa in 2018. The southpaw has spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Detroit Tigers (2014-17), going 8-6 with a 3.87 ERA in 86 career big league appearances, all but seven in relief.
The 6-foot-5 Ryan recorded the win in Iowa’s season opener on Thursday in Nashville (one earned run in 1 2/3 innings). He was originally selected by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2010 Draft out of Auburndale (FL) High School. He has gone 46-51 with a 3.64 ERA in 210 minor league appearances (139 starts, 71 in relief) covering 10 career seasons.
Allen Webster, 29, returns to the big leagues after finishing the 2018 campaign with the Cubs (1-0, 6.00 ERA, three relief appearances, .167 batting average against). Last year, Webster posted a 1.13 ERA with three saves and 11 strikeouts compared to one walk in eight games between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa, holding opponents to a .200 average (6-for-30), a .226 on-base percentage and a .526 OPS.
The right-hander is 8-6 with a 6.13 ERA in 31 games (23 starts) spanning parts of four Major League seasons with the Red Sox (2013-14), Diamondbacks (2015) and Cubs (2018). Webster was originally selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 18th round of the 2008 Draft. He made one scoreless appearance with Iowa on Thursday and is 54-43 with a 4.02 ERA in 197 career minor league contests (153 starts).
Carl Edwards Jr., 27, has allowed six earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched (32.40 ERA) in four relief outings this year. He is 8-8 with two saves and 3.36 ERA in 176 relief outings covering four Major League seasons with the Cubs (2016-19).
Mike Montgomery, 29, has allowed five earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched (16.88 ERA) in four relief outings this year. He is 20-25 with three saves and a 3.68 ERA in 151 appearances (56 starts) covering five big league campaigns.
Jen Ho-Tseng, 24, has gone 34-35 with a 3.85 ERA in 113 minor league appearances (111 starts) in five minor league seasons in the Cubs organization. He is 1-0 with a 9.00 ERA in three Major League outings, two as a starter.