Cubs Roster Moves: Hendricks Activated, Rosario Recalled, Wick and Alzolay Optioned
The Cubs did indeed make multiple roster moves Tuesday afternoon, though the only one in question was like opening up a birthday gift from your grandma to find another sweater just like the one your mom just gave you. Kyle Hendricks was activated from IL (Yay!) at the expense of Adbert Alzolay (sad face), which everyone knew was was coming.
But there was at least a little intrigue as to how they’d go about reshaping the bottom of the roster. Already operating with a short bench, it figured the Cubs would continue to feature more arms after leaning so heavily on the bullpen over the past few games. With a pair of 40-man spots open, the call-ups could have included some guys who weren’t previously eligible.
Instead, it’ll be the familiar face of Randy Rosario, who was up with the Cubs to start the season and pitched 7 innings with a 6.43 ERA and 1.86 WHIP. That former number has been much better for him in Iowa, but his 2.25 ERA is offset by a 1.60 WHIP. Making matters worse, that includes only six walks. Rosario has allowed 26 hits at Triple-A, not a great recipe for success in the bigs.
Maybe something clicks for him this time and he becomes that lefty stalwart the Cubs surprisingly found in him last season.