On Friday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs moved some bullpen arms around.
Today's #Cubs roster moves:
– Activated RHP Ryan Tepera from 10-day IL
– Placed LHP Brad Wieck on 10-day IL (irregular heartbeat)
– Recalled LHP Kyle Ryan from @IowaCubs
– Optioned RHP Cory Abbott to Triple-A pic.twitter.com/NCBmH0GYQW
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 9, 2021
Ryan Tepera will make his return after a stint on the 10-day IL due to a calf injury. The righty has been one of the Cubs’ go-to arms this season, and his return probably could not come at a better time for the guys upstairs. Reports have surfaced that Jed Hoyer has already started the process of turning the Cubs into sellers at the trade deadline. Tepera’s reliable arm could easily be another asset to throw into a deadline deal. Just stay healthy. You never know the impact a good showcase can have on an opposing front office.
Meanwhile, making room for Tepera is LHP Brad Wieck, who the Cubs tweeted will hit the 10-day IL due to an irregular heartbeat. There is not much more out there on Wieck’s situation, but we wish him nothing but the best and hope to see him back on the mound soon.
In need of a fresh arm, we will also see Cory Abbott and Kyle Ryan do the old switcharoo. Abbott threw 3.0 innings last night allowing five hits, 2 walks, and four runs in the Cubs disastrous 8-0 loss to the Philidelphia Phillies. Ryan will now be awaiting his chance to give the bullpen a boost in the series opener against the Cardinals this afternoon.
Since all four players are already on the 40-man roster, there are no additional moves necessary, and it’s even the same balance of lefties and righties (lefty swap: Ryan for Wieck, righty swap: Tepera for Abbott). Time to not get embarrassed by the Cards!!