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Roster Move: La Stella Up, Zastryzny Down

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As expected, with the bullpen ostensibly settled down a bit, the Cubs are dropping back to just eight relievers, sending Rob Zastryzny back to AAA Iowa (Muskat).


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In his place, Tommy La Stella returns to the big league team to help out on the bench following Addison Russell’s foot injury. La Stella, believe it or not, returns to a .298/.414/.509 and a 143 wRC+ at the big league level this year. He’s received only 70 plate appearances, though, as a persistently crowded bullpen and a loaded bench have complicated things, and La Stella’s available minor league option made him a frequent fallback option.

As for Zastryzny, he’s had a limited season, having battled through a lat injury, and only recently returned to starting at AAA Iowa. He’ll probably continue doing that before coming back up when the roster expands in September.


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