Roster Moves: Cubs place Julian Merryweather on IL, recall righty pitcher
Jerome Miron - USA Today Sports

Roster Moves: Cubs place Julian Merryweather on IL, recall righty pitcher

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CHICAGO, Ill. – The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Julian Merryweather on the 15-day injury list (right shoulder strain), retroactive to April 6, and recalled right-handed pitcher Daniel Palencia from Triple-A Iowa.

Palencia, 24, has made two appearances for Iowa this season, and owns a 13.50 ERA (4 ER/2.2 IP) with four strikeouts and three walks.

The San Carlos, Venezuela native made his Major League debut on July 4, 2023 in Milwaukee, picking up the win after pitching 2.0 scoreless innings. With the Cubs last season, he posted a 5-3 record alongside a 4.45 ERA (14 ER/28.1 IP) in 27 relief appearances. His five wins tied a team high among relievers. Last season in the minors, he split time between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, posting a combined record of 0-0 and a 6.83 ERA (22 ER/29.0 IP).

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Oakland Athletics on Feb. 13, 2020, Palencia was acquired by the Cubs along with outfielder Greg Deichmann on July 26, 2021, in exchange for left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin.

Merryweather, 32, has made four relief appearances this season for the Cubs, posting an ERA of 1.93 (1 ER/4.2 IP) with six strikeouts.

The Cubs host the Los Angeles Dodgers today at Wrigley Field at 1:20 p.m. in a game that can be seen on Marquee Sports Network and heard on 670 The Score and 1200 WRTO.

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