For now, the Chicago Cubs aren’t ready to try Chris Rusin out as a reliever at the big league level. In hindsight, that was probably obvious, but you never know.
The Cubs called up AAA Iowa starter Chris Rusin to help out in the big league bullpen (and piggy-back with Carlos Villanueva last Saturday) while the rotation is transitioned. But now that Dallas Beeler is coming up to actually jump into the rotation (is that also temporary? Well, Dude, we just don’t know), Rusin is heading back to Iowa, presumably to keep starting.
That is to say, the Cubs are officially calling up tonight’s starter, Dallas Beeler, and optioning Chris Rusin to AAA Iowa. (Carrie Muskat)
The guy saved in the move, for now, is reliever Blake Parker. He was added this weekend to be the 25th man after the Samardzija/Hammel trade (Rusin got the other spot), and was the 10th member of the Cubs’ bullpen. That is down to a slightly less hilarious 9 now, and likely will fall one further tomorrow when the Cubs call up Kyle Hendricks. Will Parker survive that one, too?
Even if he doesn’t, Parker will head back to Iowa in time for the PCL All-Star Game, to which he was selected. So at least that’s something.
Rusin, 27, will return to a 3.96 ERA at Iowa. Beeler, 25, returns for his second start with the big team. About two weeks ago, he was the 26th man for a doubleheader against the Nationals. He went six innings and generally looked passably effective. Can’t wait to see round two.