Cubs Option David Bote to Make Room for Sean Newcomb
The Cubs have selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Sean Newcomb from Triple-A Iowa and optioned David Bote to Des Moines.
Newcomb, 29, has made four outings out of the bullpen for the Cubs this season, allowing eight runs in 4.1 IP with two walks and four strikeouts. The left-hander spent time on the 15-day injured list from May 11-June 12 with a left ankle sprain before being designated for assignment on June 13 and outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on June 20.
In 12 games (one start) with the I-Cubs, Newcomb is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts, including a season-high eight-strikeout performance in his lone start on July 28 at St. Paul. Newcomb was acquired by Chicago from Atlanta on April 21 of this season for right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez and a cash consideration.
Bote, 29, is hitting .259 with three doubles, one home run, and three RBI in 21 games for the Cubs this season, after missing from April 7-June 24 while recovering from left shoulder surgery.