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Jayne Kamin Oncea - USA Today Sports
Jayne Kamin Oncea - USA Today Sports

Roster Moves: Cubs recall Caleb Kilian, place reliever on 15-day IL


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MIAMI – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian from Triple-A Iowa and placed Brandon Hughes on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to April 27) with left knee inflammation.

Kilian, 25, will make today’s 3:05 p.m. CT start against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park.

The six-foot four-inch Kilian is 1-0 with a 7.15 ERA (9 ER/11.1 IP) in three starts for Iowa this season, and has allowed one run in 9.0 innings (1.00 ERA) in his last two outings. The righthander made two appearances (one start) in major league Spring Training, posting a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP).

Acquired by Chicago July 30, 2021, from San Francisco with outfielder Alexander Canario for infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant, Kilian made three starts for the Cubs in 2022, making his major league debut in game two of the doubleheader June 4 vs. St. Louis (3 ER/5.0 IP). He spent the majority of 2022 with the I-Cubs, allowing one earned run or fewer in each of his first eight starts of the campaign from April 9-May 19, posting a 1.31 ERA (5 ER/34.1 IP) during that stretch.

In all or part of four minor league seasons with the Giants (2019-21) and Cubs (2021-23) organizations, Kilian is 13-8 with a 3.30 ERA (86 ER/234.1 IP) in 55 career games (54 starts). The Anaheim, Calif., native was selected by San Francisco in the eighth round of the 2019 draft out of Texas Tech University.

Hughes, 27, is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA (2 ER/5.2 IP) in five games out of the bullpen for the Cubs in 2023. He began the season on the injured list with left knee inflammation before being activated April 15.

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