Cubs place LHP Jon Lester on 10-Day Injured List … Lefty reliever Tim Collins recalled from Triple-A Iowa
A day after manager Joe Maddon said Jon Lester would likely miss two starts due to the hamstring injury he suffered on Monday during the home opener, the Cubs officially placed the team’s number one starting pitcher on the injured list.
The Cubs plan on using RHP Tyler Chatwood on Sunday against the Angels in Lester’s spot in the rotation.
The Cubs placed Lester on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to April 9) with a left hamstring strain and recalled left-handed pitcher Tim Collins from Triple-A Iowa. Collins will be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.
Tim Collins, 29, signed a Major League contract with the Cubs last month and has made three relief outings with Iowa this year. Collins owns a 12-17 record with 48 holds and a 3.62 ERA in 266 Major League relief appearances with Kansas City (2011-14) and Washington (2018). Collins has limited opponents to a .230 batting average, including a .224 mark versus left-handed hitters and a .235 mark against righties. He has struck out 241 batters in 233 2/3 innings pitched.
The southpaw returned to the big leagues last year with Washington after not pitching in the majors since 2014 due to a pair of Tommy John surgeries in 2015 and 2016. In his return with the Nationals last season, Collins posted no record with four holds and a 4.37 ERA in 38 relief outings. He also made 30 relief appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, going 2-4 with a 3.94 ERA.
A native of Worcester, Mass., Collins originally signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent on July 20, 2007.
Jon Lester, 35, is 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA (four earned runs in 14 innings) in three starts with the Cubs this season.