Cubs place Rowan Wick on 10-day IL, activate lefty


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Wick is a solid reliever for the Cubs (Jon Durr - USA Today Sports)
Wick is a solid reliever for the Cubs (Jon Durr - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today activated left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin off of the 10-day injured list and placed right-handed pitcher Rowan Wick on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to September 17) with a left oblique strain.

Chafin, who will wear uniform number 39, will be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field.

Chafin, 30, was acquired on August 31 from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is a career 10-12 with a 3.68 ERA (111 ER/271.2 IP) in 337 career major league appearances, all but three as a reliever, with the Diamondbacks covering all or part of the last seven seasons (2014-20). He exceeded 70 outings in each of the last three campaigns, including a career-best 77 appearances in each of the last two years. Chafin has limited left-handed batters to a .230 batting average, .307 on-base percentage, .310 slugging percentage and .616 OPS in his career.

The southpaw had been on the 10-day injured list due to a left finger sprain. Chafin went 1-1 with an 8.10 ERA (6 ER/6.2 IP) in 11 outings with Arizona prior to being sidelined, striking out 10 batters in 6.2 innings pitched. In his career, Chafin has averaged more than a strikeout per inning (288 strikeouts in 271.2 IP).

Chafin was originally selected by the Diamondbacks in the first round (43rd overall) of the 2011 Draft out of Kent State University.

Wick, 27, has gone 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA (6 ER/17.1 IP) in 19 relief outings with the Cubs this season.

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