The bullpen merry-go-round continues and it was Alex Hinshaw being bumped off and Blake Parker getting back on.
The Brewers played home run derby with Hinshaw last night, so it's not surprising he was let go. You can say one thing about these Cubs, they're not afraid to cut their losses early. Hinshaw's fastball was 88-90 and his breaking stuff was flat, there didn't seem to be a lot of hope for improvement there.
Blake Parker did not allow an earned run in his 4.1 innings earlier this season before being sidelined with an arm injury. He has made his way back and since his return, has pitched 10.2 innings, posting a 5.06 ERA, but walking just one batter and striking out 14. The latter two numbers are likely what earned him that promotion.
Parker, you'll remember, impressed manager Dale Sveum in the spring by attacking the strike zone with his 91-94 mph two-seamer/slider combination.
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