Cubs activate Ryan from COVID-19 related IL


Kyle Ryan is back. The Cubs announced Sunday that they’d activated the left-handed reliever from the COVID-19 related injured list. In a corresponding move, the Cubs designated right-hander Robert Stock for assignment.

Ryan missed the first couple weeks of Spring Training but joined team workouts Saturday. He bolsters a bullpen that has been taking shape in the past couple weeks.

This week, the Cubs agreed to a major-league deal with Ryan Tepera (pending a physical) and officially added Pedro Strop to Cubs camp. Earlier this month, they signed right-hander Brandon Workman and re-signed left-hander Andrew Chafin.

Ryan is another member of the bullpen that went from a Cubs weakness to strength last season, posting a National-League best 2.96 ERA in September.

Ryan played in 18 games for the Cubs last season, posting a 5.17 ERA and recording one save. He strung together seven appearances, starting Aug. 30, in which he allowed just one total hit. Ryan also had a late start to 2020 summer camp, after a protocol-related delay.

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