Cubs Roster Moves: Zagunis and Norwood Down, Collins and Maples Up

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Cubs Roster Moves: Zagunis and Norwood Down, Collins and Maples Up

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The Cubs really wanted some bullpen reinforcements today, it seems.

Not only are they sending down James Norwood for another reliever just a day after he was called up (as was the case with Rowan Wick the day before), but they are bringing up a second reliever today to replace outfielder Mark Zagunis.

Collins, 29, certainly looked the part in his first stint with the Cubs, but a roster crunch led to him heading back to Iowa, where he pitched well except for being susceptible to the long ball (a problem for many AAA pitchers this year). He’s a lefty who doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to match-up duties, but if the Cubs have a very full bullpen, that’s probably how he’ll roll for now.

Maples, 27, well, you know the drill. He has insane stuff that will rack up ridiculous K numbers, but he also struggles to simply pitch in the strike zone (almost all he needs to do to have success). A little bit of command, and he’s instantly a late-inning option for the Cubs. But, so far, those moment of reasonable command have been sufficiently fleeting that he can be considered no more than a middle relief option at this point.

The Cubs currently sport a nine-man bullpen, which means they have an untenably short three-man bench. You’ve gotta believe a different position player will come to replace a reliever at some point this weekend or early next week. Maybe Ian Happ will finally come up? Maybe Ben Zobrist is getting ready to return?

For now, though, it’s a very full bullpen and a very short bench.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.