Cubs recall James Norwood, option reliever
|Thursday, August 15, 2019, 5:03 PM-|
PHILADELPHIA – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Alec Mills was optioned to Triple-A Iowa following last night’s game. Norwood will be available for the Cubs tonight when they conclude their three-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies.
Norwood, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he tossed a scoreless inning of relief vs. Cincinnati during his previous stay on May 24. He has gone 3-2 with six saves and a 4.71 ERA (26 ER/49.2 IP) in 39 relief outings with Iowa this year. Norwood has struck out 69 batters and walked 27 in 49.2 innings while limiting foes to a .214 batting average against.
The righthander made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11.0 IP) in 11 relief appearances. In 40 appearances between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee last season, Norwood went 2-3 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA (14 ER/50.1 IP) while limiting opponents to a .202 batting average.
Norwood was originally selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft out of St. Louis University. Overall, he is 15-17 with 23 saves and a 3.99 ERA (117 ER/263.2 IP) in 177 appearances (15 starts) covering six minor league campaigns.
Mills, 27, has posted no record with a 3.98 ERA (9 ER/20.1 IP) in four appearances (two starts) with the Cubs this season. He has gone 6-3 with a 4.94 ERA (51 ER/93.0 IP) in 17 appearances (16 starts) with Iowa this year.
James Norwood called up from Iowa, Alec Mills sent down after six innings last night. Kintzler is eligible (and expected) to be back tomorrow— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) August 15, 2019