After perhaps a little time to think it over, the Chicago Cubs elected to drop a pitcher after all today in favor of a bat so that they don’t have a scant three bats on the bench (unquestionably the correct move, especially when you consider the Cubs face three lefty starters this week).
Despite his good start yesterday, the Cubs – who have five starting pitchers already, now that they’ve acquired Dan Haren – designated Clayton Richard for assignment (Jesse Rogers). Because he cannot be optioned to Iowa, this was the only way the Cubs could remove Richard from the 25-man roster. Other teams will now have a free crack at him, and I’m not so sure he gets through waivers this time around. We’ll see, though. There are a lot of players on various types of waivers this time of year.
The Cubs now have five starting pitchers and eight relievers on the roster.
Taking Richard’s spot for the next few days, at least, is outfielder Matt Szczur, who’s been up and down throughout the year. At Iowa, he’s hitting a robust .295/.360/.451, though he hasn’t don’t much with his 62 big league plate appearances this year.
The last time the Cubs played the Pirates, by the way, Szczur played accidental hero, and it was awesome.