The west coast has not been kind to Cubs relievers.
A day after Steve Cishek suffered a bizzare injury playing long toss, the Cubs placed Carl Edwards Jr. on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to June 10) with a left thoracic strain. In a corresponding move, the Cubs called up left-handed reliever Tim Collins from Triple-A Iowa.
Edwards' injury comes on the heels of one of his best stretches on a big league mound in 2019. While his ERA stands at 5.40, he has pitched much better since returning from a Triple-A Iowa on May 6. Edwards holds a 2.02 ERA in 13 1/3 innings over that span. striking out 15 batters compared to just three walks. Opponents are hitting just .093 against him during that stretch.
Collins will be available for the Cubs on Thursday, as the Iowa Cubs are in the midst of a three-game series in nearby Fresno. While seeing Edwards go down is not ideal for the Cubs, Collins will add another lefty to the bullpen against a Dodgers lineup that hits righties (.269/.350/.479) better than lefties (.251/.337/.425).
In five games with the Cubs this season, Collins holds a 3.86 ERA, allowing two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream Cubs games easily on your device.