Thompson has been placed on the IL (Gregory Fisher - USA Today Sports)
Thompson has been placed on the IL (Gregory Fisher - USA Today Sports)

Roster Moves: Cubs recall pitcher, place Keegan Thompson on IL


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza from Triple-A Iowa and placed right-handed pitcher Keegan Thompson on the 15-day injured list with low back tightness.

Espinoza, 24, is 0-2 with a 4.11 ERA (7 ER/15.1 IP) in six games out of the bullpen over five stints with the Cubs in 2022. The righthander made his major league debut during game two of the May 30 doubleheader against Milwaukee. He has tossed at least 2.2 innings and allowed two or fewer runs in all three of his outings.

Espinoza has split the rest of the season between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa, appearing in 15 games (13 starts) combined. On June 28 with Tennessee, he threw the first 5.0 innings of a combined no-hitter against Rocket City.

The six-foot, 190-pound Espinoza is in his second season with the Cubs organization after being acquired from San Diego for outfielder Jake Marisnick, July 30, 2021.

Thompson, 27, is 9-5 with a 3.97 ERA (46 ER/104.1 IP) in 25 games (17 starts) for the Cubs this season. His nine wins are the most on the team, while his 91 strikeouts are the second-most.

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