Roster Moves: Rusin and Sappelt Up, Sweeney to 60-Day DL, Strop and Guerrier Soon, Arrieta to Iowa

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Together with the flurry of trades and signings today, the Cubs necessarily made a number of roster moves to accommodate all of those moves.

Chris Rusin – recently named a PCL All-Star – was called up from AAA Iowa, and he’ll start in now-departed Scott Feldman’s spot tonight in Oakland. The 26-year-old Rusin currently sports a 3.27 ERA (nice for the PCL) over 110 innings at Iowa, with a 2.86 K/BB ratio.

Dave Sappelt was also called up from Iowa, and he’ll slide onto the big league bench, and into the outfield rotation.

That move was partly animated by the Cubs’ decision to place Ryan Sweeney on the 60-day disabled list with his broken rib. With original estimates of a four to six week recovery time (plus a little rehab stint), this is definitely now on the pessimistic side of things. It’s a real bummer for Sweeney, who now won’t be eligible to return until the end of August.

Placing Sweeney on the 60-day opens up a currently unused spot on the 40-man roster, if my math is right (and, after a day like today, it may very well not be). So, it looks like the 40-man stands at 39. (UPDATE: The official release from the Cubs says that, at the end of today’s moves, the 40-man stands at 40. Not sure what I’m missing, but I trust the Cubs on this one.)

Acquired Orioles pitcher Jake Arrieta was immediately optioned to AAA Iowa, where he’ll continue to start for now.

Acquired pitchers Pedro Strop and Matt Guerrier are expected to join the Cubs’ bullpen at some point this week. If true, that’s going to force the Cubs to bump two current relievers out. Maybe Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon finally takes a little hiatus? Maybe the Cubs decide to move on from Shawn Camp? Maybe the Cubs use Rusin as a spot starter tonight and then send him back down, allowing Carlos Villanueva to slide back into the rotation if he can get stretched out in time? Maybe the Cubs try to stash Henry Rodriguez?

We’ll see, but something will have to give.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

68 responses to “Roster Moves: Rusin and Sappelt Up, Sweeney to 60-Day DL, Strop and Guerrier Soon, Arrieta to Iowa”

  1. Cheryl

    Brett, With all these trades and international signings maybe you could forego the blogathon. Maybe take the time for your family.

  2. dustin

    With all these new signing and trading going on how is this helping the cubs for next yr?? From what I have seen and read what we are getting is a bunch of tripple a stuff and not good

  3. Evolution

    Article on Arrieta’s departure from Baltimore…sounds like a pretty mature guy.

    1. Hebner the Gravedigger

      That Baltimore article did make it sound like he was ready for a move. Thanks for sharing it.

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