Mills will be the swiss army knife in the bullpen (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)
Mills will be the swiss army knife in the bullpen (Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports)

Roster Moves: Cubs activate Alec Mills, option righty pitcher


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BALTIMORE – The Chicago Cubs today reinstated right-handed pitcher Alec Mills from the 60-day injured list and optioned right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza to Double-A Tennessee.

Mills, 30, was placed on the 10-day injured list April 7 (retroactive to April 4) with a low back strain. He was transferred to the 60-day injured list May 19 with a left quadriceps strain. In three injury rehabilitation outings with Triple-A Iowa from May 22-June 1, he posted a 3.72 ERA (4 ER/9.2 IP) with three walks and six strikeouts.

In parts of four seasons with the Cubs starting in 2018, Mills has gone 12-13 with two saves, a no-hitter and a 4.47 ERA (117 ER/235.1 IP) in 59 games (37 starts). He has walked 71, struck out 198 and has a 1.29 WHIP. Mills was acquired by Chicago, February 8, 2017, from Kansas City for minor league outfielder Donnie Dewees.

Espinoza, 24, made his major league debut May 30 with Chicago in the nightcap of a doubleheader against the Brewers, allowing two earned runs in 4.0 innings out of the bullpen.

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