Cubs send catcher to IL, call up Wolters among several moves
|Monday, April 26, 2021, 5:33 PM-|
ATLANTA – The Chicago Cubs today selected right-handed pitcher Trevor Megill and catcher Tony Wolters from the South Bend Alternate Site. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Jason Adam has been optioned to the alternate site and catcher Austin Romine has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist sprain. To make room for Megill and Wolters on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Jonathan Holder and Rowan Wick have been transferred to the 60-day injured list.
Megill (uniform No. 74) and Wolters are available for tonight’s 6:10 p.m. CT game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Megill is looking to make his major league debut.
Megill, 27, was selected by the Cubs in the major league portion of the 2019 Rule 5 draft from San Diego and last season spent time at the South Bend Alternate Site. He reached the Triple-A level for the first time in 2019, appearing in 32 games for El Paso and pitching to a 4.47 ERA (25 ER/50.1 IP).
Originally selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2015 draft out of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Megill owns an 11-3 record with 10 saves and a 3.38 ERA (59 ER/157.0 IP) in 102 career minor league games, all in relief. He has posted a 1.20 WHIP, with 48 walks and 216 strikeouts, good for an average of 12.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. He has surrendered just 15 home runs in 656 batters faced.
Wolters, 28, signed with the Cubs on March 31 and made the Cubs Opening Day roster, going hitless in four at-bats spanning three games before he was outrighted to the alternate site, April 17.
The left-handed hitting Wolters owns a .237 career batting average (256-for-1,079) with 48 doubles, nine triples, seven home runs and 123 RBI in 394 career games with the Rockies (2016-20) and Cubs. In 2020 with Colorado, he finished tied for fifth among N.L. catchers with 35 starts and was ninth with 283.2 innings behind the plate. Wolters appeared in a career-high 121 games for Colorado in 2019, and batted .262 (94-for-359) with career highs in doubles (17), RBI (42) and walks (36).
Adam, 29, has no record and a 9.45 ERA (7 ER/6.2 IP) in eight relief appearances for Chicago this season, walking six and striking out 10.
Holder, 27, was placed on the 10-day injured list, April 1 (retroactive to March 29), with a right shoulder strain.
Romine, 32, has appeared in six games for Chicago, hitting .111 (1-for-9) with a double and RBI, after he was activated from the 10-day injured list, April 14. He started the season in the injured list with a right knee sprain.
Wick, 28, was placed on the 10-day injured list, April 1 (retroactive to March 29), with a left oblique strain.