Following their series against the Minnesota Twins, the Chicago Cubs announced a number of significant roster adjustments, which included demoting starting pitcher Hayden Wesneski to Triple-A Iowa and placing reliever Brad Boxberger on the disabled list.T
The Cubs have also selected Nick Burdi’s contract and recalled pitcher Jeremiah Estrada from Iowa, bringing a total of 40 players onto the roster.
Pitcher Adrian Sampson has been placed on the 60-day disabled list by the Cubs in order to clear space.
According to the organization, Boxberger was placed on the injured list due to a right forearm strain. He has made 17 appearances this season, tallying a 5.52 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
In his most recent appearances against the Twins, Boxberger gave up three earned runs, surrendering two walks and three hits in just 0.2 innings of work.
Boxberger signed a one-year deal with the Cubs prior to the 2023 season.
Wesneski won the team’s contest for position five in the starting lineup, but after a string of solid outings, he suffered a significant setback in his final start against Minnesota on Saturday. He pitched five innings, allowing four home runs and seven runs that were earned.
Wesneski has made eight starts this season, has a 5.03 ERA, a 2-2 record, and has struck out 28 batters in 39.1 innings.
With Kyle Hendricks perhaps ready to return to the team’s rotation after two excellent starts in Triple-A Iowa, the move offers the Cubs an extra reliever for their series against the Houston Astros this week.
This season, Estrada has made three appearances with the Cubs and pitched four scoreless innings of relief. In those outings, he has thrown six strikeouts, two hits, three walks, and no runs.
Burdi has made 11 appearances with Triple-A Iowa this year despite not pitching in the major leagues since 2020 and sporting a 3.38 ERA. In 10.2 innings of work, he has struck out 19 opponents while walking only 5.
First ball is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. on Monday in the first game of a three-game series between the Cubs and Astros.