The Chicago Cubs are having some relief pitching issues. More specifically: Injuries. A few too many relievers have already gone down with injuries the first month this MB season and some moves needed to be made.
Justin Grimm is one who’s already found himself on the 15-day disabled list in 2015 and is still in need of a few rehab innings. He’ll be back sooner than fellow reliever and DL buddy Neil Ramirez, but the Cubs need bodies now.
The Cubs were taking a good, long look at former Tampa Bay Rays reliever Grant Balfour but nothing’s really quite come from that rumor yet. With a four game set beginning tonight in St. Louis vs the NL Central leading Cardinals, and extra arm was needed. Luckily for the Cubs right handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro found himself on waivers after being designated for assignment on April 29.
Varvaro, 30, is a six-year MLB vet having spent time in Seattle, Atlanta and Boston. His best two seasons were his most recent for the Braves (2013-14) where he tossed a 2.82 and 2.63 ERA respectively. His K/BB ratio was a hair under 5/1 last season.
However this season has been a little rougher for Varvaro. He’s logged 11 innings in 9 appearances with a 0-1 record and a 4.09 ERA. Yes that’s a bit of a dip statistically as opposed to his years in Atlanta, but the season is still young. Unfortunately what the Cubs have in the Minors just isn’t ready for the Majors quite yet and experience is a valuable commodity. To make room for Varvaro on the 40-man roster the Cubs had to designate left hurler Joseph Ortiz for assignment.
The Cubs begin their four game set against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight with an 8:15 pm ET first pitch.