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Cubs call up Gonzalez Germen, option Matt Szczur to Triple-A

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Cubs call up Gonzalez Germen, option Matt Szczur to Triple-A

With a taxed bullpen in need of reinforcements, the Cubs selected the contract of right-hander Gonzalez Germen and optioned outfielder Matt Szczur to Triple-A Iowa prior to Sunday's series final against San Diego.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Jacob Turner was moved to the 60-day disabled list.

Germen will be available out of the Cubs bullpen Sunday.

Five Cubs relievers pitched in Saturday's 11-inning win over San Diego: Jason Motte, Pedro Strop, Phil Coke, Hector Rondon and Zac Rosscup. Manager Joe Maddon said prior to Sunday's game he wasn't sure who'd be available out of the bullpen until he talked to pitching coach Chris Bosio.

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"Mostly when you’re in a bind with your bullpen that means you’ve been playing pretty good, that you have been in a lot of close games and you’ve probably won some," Maddon said. "Rested bullpens are normally the residue of bad play so it’s a good thing/bad thing. You have to balance it up, but you have to take care of the guys and give them some rest also"

The 27-year-old Germen appeared in four games with Triple-A Iowa, firing 4 2/3 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Over 64 2/3 major league innings with the Mets between 2013 and 2014, Germen owns a 4.31 ERA with one save, 64 strikeouts, 30 walks and eight home runs allowed.

Szczur has appeared in eight games for the Cubs this season with two hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 15 plate appearances.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.