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Cubs activate lefty Drew Smyly from Bereavement list


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Smyly will pitch game one of the doubleheader today (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)
Smyly will pitch game one of the doubleheader today (Mark Rebilas - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today activated left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly from the bereavement list. Smyly will serve as the “27th man” and start game one of today’s doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

Smyly, 32, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (6 ER/19.1 IP) in four starts for Chicago this season. He has walked three, struck out 13 and produced a 1.09 WHIP.

The six-foot two-inch Smyly notched a career-high 11 wins en route to his first World Series championship with the Braves in 2021. The left-handed pitcher was one of three Braves pitchers with 10-plus wins and one of four to start 20-plus games, going 11-4 with a 4.48 ERA (63 ER/126.2 IP). He appeared in three postseason games for Atlanta, earning his second career playoff victory in game four of the NLCS vs. the Dodgers (2 ER/3.1 IP).

Smyly has played all or part of nine major league seasons with Detroit (2012-14), Tampa Bay (2014-16), Texas (2019), Philadelphia (2019), San Francisco (2020), Atlanta (2021) and the Cubs, pitching to a career 47-41 record with a 4.15 ERA (395 ER/856.2 IP) in 221 games (138 starts). The lefthander signed with the Cubs prior to the 2018 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and was traded to Texas in November of 2018.

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