If the Cubs and Brewers are actually able to play tonight – the weather looks bad – we may FINALLY get to see the return of Rowan Wick!
The dominating 28-year-old setup man, once thought to be the eventual successor to Craig Kimbrel, has been out for more than a calendar year while dealing with an oblique strain that mutated into other other issues in the rehab process (there is seemingly no baseball injury with wider possible durations of return, from a couple weeks to a year). But finally, after recovering and then working his way back up the farm system and showing the good stuff periodically at Iowa, he’s ready to return.
Cubs have activated RHP Rowan Wick from the 60-day injured list. RHP Trevor Megill optioned to Triple-A Iowa and LHP Kyle Ryan recalled as the “27th man” for the night game.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) August 10, 2021
The Cubs saved their 27th man for the second half of the double-header, it seems, and now get two arms added, with Kyle Ryan joining Wick. Trevor Megill, who pitched in game one and gave up another homer (he has issues elevating pitches), will head back to Iowa.
Wick can’t save the Cubs season at this point, obviously, so you’d mostly just like to see him settle into a rhythm so that you feel good about him as a locked in part of the bullpen for 2022, if he’s healthy.