Cubs place Fowler on DL, recall Edwards from AAA

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 19) and recalled right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. from Triple-A Iowa.

Edwards Jr., who will wear uniform number six, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they open their three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old Edwards Jr. joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he served as the club’s 26th man for a doubleheader on May 11 vs. San Diego (he did not appear in a game). Edwards Jr. made his major league debut for the Cubs last season, posting no record with a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in five relief appearances. He is 1-1 with one save and a 4.26 ERA (12 ER/25.1 IP) in 24 relief appearances with Iowa this season, limiting opponents to a .185 batting average while striking out 35 batters in 25.1 innings, an average of 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

Edwards Jr. began the 2015 campaign with Tennessee and turned in a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) in 13 relief appearances to earn his first promotion to Triple-A in late May. Edwards Jr. was named to the U.S. Team in the 2015 Futures Game (0.2 scoreless innings pitched) before capping his Triple-A campaign with a 3-1 record, two saves and a 2.84 ERA (10 ER/31.2 IP) in 23 relief outings.

The righthander joined the Cubs with right-handed pitchers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez and infielder Mike Olt in the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to Texas in 2013. Edwards Jr. is 20-11 with seven saves and a 2.21 ERA (78 ER/317.2 IP) in 110 career appearances, 49 as a starter, in five pro seasons. He has struck out 404 batters in 317.2 innings pitched, nearly 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings.

Fowler, 30, is batting .290 (69-for-238) with 19 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 28 RBI in 64 games for the Cubs this season.

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