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Cubs call up two pitchers ahead of series finale vs. Diamondbacks

Cubs call up two pitchers ahead of series finale vs. Diamondbacks originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Ahead of the rubber match in their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix, the Chicago Cubs have called up two pitchers to help a highly stressed bullpen after two extra-inning games and previous heavy usage.

The club announced that right-hander Hayden Wesneski has been recalled from Triple-A Iowa and that fellow American Colten Brewer has been selected to the big league club.

In corresponding moves, relievers Luke Little and Daniel Palencia were both optioned to Triple-A Iowa, while reliever Julian Merryweather was placed on the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster for Brewer.

The 26-year-old Wesneski gets a call-up from the Cubs for what will be his third season in the big leagues, all on the North Side.

The Houston native currently has a career record of 6-7 over 40 games, 15 starts and 122.1 innings at the big league level, along with 39 walks and 116 strikeouts.

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After 11 starts in 34 appearances in 2023, Wesneski can once again be counted on as a starter and long reliever for the big league club.

Wesneski is 1-0 through three games, two starts and 10.2 innings with the Iowa Cubs this year, striking out 10 while walking three.

As for Brewer, the 31-year-old will get his first chance to appear at the big league level in 2024 after playing in the major leagues in five of the past six seasons.

Brewer made three appearances with the Yankees last year, allowing six hits and four earned runs in 8.1 innings of work.

Of Brewer’s 84 MLB appearances, 58 came with the Boston Red Sox in 2019, when he walked 34 and struck out 52 in 54.2 innings.

Brewer has put up excellent numbers so far in Iowa in 2024, posting a 1.17 ERA and 0.652 WHIP in 7.2 innings to go with two walks and nine strikeouts.

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As for those heading to Des Moines, Little and Palencia will both get a chance to recalibrate before likely seeing more time in the Friendly Confines later this year.

The 24-year-old Palencia made a total of three appearances in his first period with the big league club this year. walking seven batters and striking out five over six innings with a 6 ERA.

23-year-old left-hander Luke Little will get some work in Iowa after posting a 2.70 ERA over seven games and one start with the Cubs, totaling five walks and five strikeouts in 6.2 innings.

The Cubs wrap up their series against the D-Backs this afternoon at Chase Field before coming home for four games against the Miami Marlins and three against the Houston Astros.

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