The Chicago Cubs called up left handed starting pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa, which resulted in the Cubs sending down reliever Brian Schlitter.
Rusin and Carlos Villanueva were battling for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation for the Cubs during the final stretch of Cactus League ply. Villanueva did just enough to take the job away from Rusin, who started off the year with their Triple-A affiliate. Rusin was obviously Chicago’s first choice when it came to pitching so they called him up today.
But Rusin’s stay with the big league club ended just as quick as it started. Chris stepped in today for the man who out dueled him during Spring Training and pitched four solid innings against their division rivals.
With Rusin heading back to Triple-A Iowa, it’s possible that Blake Parker will be the man to replace him on the big league roster. Parker has made three appearances for the Triple-A Cubs and has five strike outs through three innings. Right now his ERA stands at 0.00.