Cole Hamels placed on Paternity list, reliever recalled

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Isaiah Downing - USA Today Sports
Isaiah Downing - USA Today Sports

NEW YORK – The Chicago Cubs today placed left-handed pitcher Cole Hamels on the paternity list and recalled right-handed pitcher James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. Norwood will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series at the New York Mets.

Norwood, 25, is a New York City native and attended All Hallows High School in The Bronx. He joins the Cubs for the third time this season, as he tossed a scoreless inning of relief vs. Cincinnati during a previous stay on May 24. Norwood has gone 3-2 with six saves and a 4.28 ERA (26 ER/54.2 IP) in 43 relief outings with Iowa this year. He has struck out 80 batters and walked 27 in 54.2 innings while limiting foes to a .198 batting average against. Norwood has not allowed an earned run in his last six Triple-A outings, covering 8.0 innings, with 14 strikeouts and one walk in this span.

The righthander made his major league debut with the Cubs last year and went 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA (5 ER/11.0 IP) in 11 relief appearances. In 40 appearances between Iowa and Double-A Tennessee last season, Norwood went 2-3 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA (14 ER/50.1 IP) while limiting opponents to a .202 batting average.

Norwood was originally selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2014 Draft out of St. Louis University. Overall, he is 15-17 with 23 saves and a 3.92 ERA (117 ER/268.2 IP) in 181 appearances (15 starts) covering six minor league campaigns.

Hamels, 35, is 7-4 with a 3.73 ERA (50 ER/120.2 IP) in 22 starts with the Cubs this season.

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