According to the official website of the Chicago Cubs, relief pitcher Justin Grimm has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right forearm inflammation. This DL stint is retroactive to April 2 since he hasn’t appeared in either of the Cubs’ first two games, so Grimm will be eligible to return to the team during their next weekend series at home versus the San Diego Padres.
Grimm, 26, has pitched well for the Cubs since coming over as part of the Matt Garza trade with the Texas Rangers in 2013. As a starter for Texas he carried a robust ERA of 6.72. However, since becoming a reliever for the Cubs he has brought it down to earth, showing a much more respectable 3.58 ERA in 83 appearances for the North-Siders.
In place of the injured Grimm, the Cubs have recalled righty reliever Brian Schlitter from Triple-A Iowa. Schlitter had his first Major League season with the Cubs back in 2010 but spent the next few season in the minors with different teams. It wasn’t until 2014 that he stuck in the big leagues, posting a respectable 4.15 ERA in 61 contests.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that coming to Chicago is always a nice homecoming for Schlitter, who attended Maine South High School in Park Ridge, twelve miles from Wrigley Field.
The next game for the Cubs is at the Colorado Rockies with a 3:10pm CT first pitch.