Stewart is back with the Cubs (USA Today Handout photo)
Stewart is back with the Cubs (USA Today Handout photo)

Cubs recall Kohl Stewart, option pitcher


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CINCINNATI – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart from Triple-A Iowa after having optioned right-handed pitcher Tommy Nance to Iowa following Wednesday’s game.

Stewart, 26, begins his fourth stint with Chicago this season and is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA (8 ER/12.2 IP) in three starts with five walks and 10 strikeouts. In six games this season with Iowa (five starts), Stewart is 2-3 with a 3.46 ERA (10 ER/26.0 IP), six walks, 26 strikeouts and a 0.85 WHIP.

The six-foot three-inch Stewart signed a one-year major league contract with the Cubs in January. He went 4-3 with a 4.79 ERA (33 ER/62.0 IP) in 17 major league games (six starts) with the Twins in 2018-19. Stewart was 2-1 with a 3.68 ERA (15 ER/36.2 IP) in eight games (four starts) for Minnesota at the age of 23 in his MLB debut season in 2018. In 2019, he appeared in nine games (two starts) in seven stints with the Twins, going 2-2 with a 6.39 ERA (18 ER/25.1 IP).

Stewart signed with Baltimore as a free agent in December of 2019 but did not appear in a game for the Orioles as he opted out of the 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stewart owns 41-43 record with a 3.60 ERA (275 ER/687.2 IP), 265 walks, 512 strikeouts and two complete games in 137 career minor league outings (130 starts). He was originally selected by the Twins in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2013 draft out of St. Pius X High School in Houston, Texas.

Nance, 30, is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA (12 ER/21.1 IP) in 19 relief appearances for Chicago this season.

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