CLEVELAND — The Cubs reshuffled their bullpen pieces again, placing lefty Zac Rosscup on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation and calling up right-hander Yoervis Medina from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs will get an up-close look at Medina, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners in last month’s Welington Castillo trade and seen as an interesting project.
“I know that he’d been killer last year,” manager Joe Maddon said before Wednesday’s 17-0 win over the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. “And then this year it’s not been as lights out. I heard things were getting better. That’s what I was told. I know he’s got a big arm with really good stuff.”
Medina got credited with 43 holds for the Mariners since 2013, going 10-9 with a 2.82 ERA. He put up 140 strikeouts — against 75 walks — in 137 innings.
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The Cubs hope a change of scenery will help Medina, 26, the same way it once benefited hard-throwing reliever Pedro Strop after a trade from the Baltimore Orioles. Medina threw two scoreless innings — six up, six down — to complete this blowout victory.
“It’s definitely high ceiling with this guy if he gets it all back together,” Maddon said.
Maddon didn’t anticipate it would be an “elongated” absence for Rosscup, who tried to pitch through some shoulder stiffness on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but couldn’t finish the ninth inning in a 6-0 loss to the Indians.
Rosscup is 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 26 appearances this season out of the Cubs bullpen, which still has a left-handed presence with James Russell and Travis Wood.