Just a quick update here...
As many of you know, 26 year old LHP Chris Rusin will make his MLB debut tonight when he makes the start vs. the Brewers. Expect a finesse lefty with a good change, a fringe average fastball (for a lefty), and for his success to depend very much on where he locates. Specifically that should be lower in the zone. When he's on, he'll keep hitters off balance and the ball in the park, profiling as a 5th starter.
As we mentioned 2 days ago, the Cubs also picked up a different sort of lefty, RP Alex Hinshaw who throws a low 90s fastball than has reached the mid 90s, a good slider, and excellent strikeout rates. Hinshaw's issue has been throwing strikes, but he has swing and miss stuff.
To make room the Cubs have optioned LHP Jeff Beliveau and 2B Adrian Cardenas to Iowa. Despite a 3.18 ERA, Beliveau hasn't been that sharp, walking 7 batters in 11.1 innings and giving up a couple of long HRs yesterday. Cardenas has struggled to find playing time with the big league team.
The Cubs officially stuck a fork in Matt Garza's 2012 season by placing him on the 60 day disabled list. The move was needed to make room for Chris Rusin, who was not on the 40 man roster.
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