Cubs option David Bote, bring up lefty pitcher

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Richard Mackson - USA Today Sports
Richard Mackson - USA Today Sports

ATLANTA – The Chicago Cubs today have recalled left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario and optioned infielder David Bote to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosario, who will wear number 47, has posted no record and a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in 11 relief appearances with Iowa. He has walked just five batters, contributing to a 0.87 WHIP, and has limited opponents to a .167 average (10-for-60), including holding left-handed batters hitless in 15 at-bats.

Rosario, who will turn 24 tomorrow, made his major league debut with Minnesota last year, allowing eight earned runs in 2.1 innings in two relief outings. In eight minor league seasons, the southpaw is 18-22 with a 3.24 ERA (133 ER/370.0 IP) in 118 outings, including 55 starts.

A native of Rio San Juan, D.R., Rosario originally signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Twins in August of 2010, and was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, November 3, 2017.

Bote, 25, went 4-for-10 with a double, walk and five RBI in five games during his second stint with the Cubs. Overall, he has gone 5-for-19 (.263) with two doubles and five RBI in eight games with Chicago this season. He has batted .333 (27-for-81) with five doubles, five homers and 16 RBI in 20 games with Iowa.

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