Cubs Roster Moves: Steele Returns, Espinoza Sent Out (But Kinda Promoted?)

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Cubs Roster Moves: Steele Returns, Espinoza Sent Out (But Kinda Promoted?)

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Yesterday, Justin Steele turned 27. On the same day, his son turned 0. Which is to say, Justin Steele and his wife welcomed a new baby boy to the world yesterday.

But he’s right back to work:

So, officially, Steele returns to the rotation, starting tomorrow, and Anderson Espinoza heads back to the minors.

This time it’s effectively a promotion for Espinoza, who had been starting (mostly unsuccessfully) at Double-A Tennessee. I’d really like to see the Cubs use him out of the bullpen at Triple-A Iowa the rest of the way so that they can get a better sense – as good as possible – about how his pitches are coming along in that role before the offseason. It’s possible a 40-man squeeze pops up, and the Cubs are going to want to know as much about Espinoza as they can before they might have to make a decision.



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.