The Cubs made a flurry of roster strikes as of late. Consistent with Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune, the membership optioned right-hander Adrian Sampson to Triple-A Iowa, recalled Frank Schwindel from Triple-A Iowa, decided on left-hander Conner Menez onto the most important league roster, and positioned right-hander David Robertson at the IL with out an damage difference — typically an indication that the transfer is COVID-related. Presuming Robertson’s IL stint is certainly COVID-related, the Cubs shouldn’t have been required so as to add Menez to the 40-man roster in an effort to upload him to the lively roster, despite the fact that Montemurro later clarified that the membership has added him to the 40-man.
Sampson’s demotion and Schwindel’s go back to the majors mark one thing of an abrupt about-face for the Cubs, who’d decided on Sampson’s contract (to switch Marcus Stroman, who additionally went at the IL with out an damage designation) and optioned Schwindel to Triple-A best the day gone by. Sampson did pitch in his one sport with the big-league membership, masking the 9th inning of a blowout loss to the Dodgers, whilst Schwindel didn’t input a sport all through his (extraordinarily) transient stint within the minors. Each gamers had good fortune for the Cubs in 2021: Sampson, who’s additionally pitched for the Mariners, Rangers, and the KBO’s Lotte Giants in his profession, posted a 2.80 ERA over 35 1/3 innings for Chicago (albeit with a 5.72 FIP), and Schwindel posted a world-beating .342/.389/.613 throughout 239 plate appearances (albeit with an unsustainable .364 BABIP). In 2022, Sampson has served as minor league intensity outdoor his unmarried inning on Sunday, whilst Schwindel has posted a much more pedestrian 209/.250/.308 batting line in 96 journeys to the plate.
The 37-year-old Robertson, who signed with the Cubs in March for a $3.5MM ensure, was once off to a powerful begin to what’s been an another way disappointing first month on Chicago’s north aspect. In 12 innings, he’s notched a 1.50 ERA whilst placing out 37.8% of the batters he’s confronted and changing all 5 of his save alternatives. Presuming his commute to the IL is COVID-related, he’s not likely to be out for greater than per week or so, despite the fact that his absence within the bullpen may smartly turn out pricey for a membership hoping to contend however already 9 video games adrift within the NL Central.
Menez, who arrived in Chicago by way of the minor league segment of the 2021 Rule 5 draft, has in truth had some good fortune within the majors in a restricted pattern, notching a serviceable 4.04 ERA (if a much less sightly 5.01 FIP) throughout 42 1/3 innings in portions of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 seasons, all spent with the Giants. He’s essentially been a starter within the minors (and has began 4 video games within the majors) and was once off to a powerful get started in Triple-A, pitching 16 2/3 innings of two.16 ERA ball whilst placing out higher than a batter an inning. His time within the majors is also quick (possibly best till both Robertson or Stroman returns from the IL), however he may additionally fit in as an extended aid/swingman choice if he can proceed to leave out bats within the majors. The truth he’s been added to the 40-man roster when he can have been decided on with out the addition may sign that GM Carter Hawkins hopes to peer him stick round for some time.