Outfielder Michael Hermosillo's offensive tear with Triple-A Iowa has earned him a shot in the big leagues.
The Cubs called up Hermosillo from Iowa prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds. In a corresponding move, struggling reliever Dan Winkler has been designated for assignment.
Hermosillo has put together a strong season with Iowa. The 26-year-old batted .310/.448/.600 in 42 games, hitting 10 home runs and 29 RBIs.
"He's been swinging it great," manager David Ross said. "I'm happy he's here and is going to get an opportunity to contribute."
Hermosillo, a right-handed hitter, will likely get playing time in center field against lefties, with Rafael Ortega, a lefty bat, starting against righties.
Ortega holds a .091/.200/.091 slash line in 25 plate appearances against lefties compared to .368/.415/.574 in 148 plate appearances against righties.
"We have an opportunity with Rafi's splits to be aggressive in that spot and see what a platoon spot looks like," Ross said.
The Cubs signed Hermosillo, an Ottawa Township High School grad and former University of Illinois football recruit, to a minor-league deal last November.
The outfielder was drafted by the Angels in 2013 (28th round) and was once a top 20 prospect in Los Angeles' system. He made his MLB debut in 2018 and holds a career .188/.288/.287 slash line in 56 big league games.
Winkler, who was in his second season with the Cubs, got off to a good start this season, holding a 0.76 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 26 appearances through June 15.
The right-hander has struggled since, turning in an 11.81 ERA over his last 21 appearances (16 innings). He gave up six earned runs without recording an out last Friday against the Marlins.
He allowed three earned runs Monday against the Reds while getting one out in his final appearance with the Cubs.
"That's a tough conversation that's unfortunate about this game," Ross said of the Winkler move. "You have a guy that's given me a lot ever since I've been the manager. He's given me a lot, worked through a lot — some ups and downs.
"I think we're at a spot to give somebody else a shot in a moment where he's just struggling a little bit, and I don't think we have a lot time to help him work through those moments right now."
The Cubs also announced Kyle Ryan was outrighted and elected free agency. The Cubs DFA'd him last week.
Contributing from Cincinnati: Gordon Wittenmyer