Cubs activate Carl Edwards Jr., option reliever

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Kyle Terada - USA Today Sports
Kyle Terada - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs have activated right-handed reliever Carl Edwards Jr. from the injured list and optioned lefty reliever Randy Rosario to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Edwards had made four appearances in Iowa without allowing a run during his rehab with a left thoracic strain (upper back near his non-throwing shoulder).

He has a 1-1 record with four holds and a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. However, he has been impressive in Chicago since early May with a sparkling 2.03 ERA and 0.525 WHIP in 15 appearances since his first demotion.

"CJ's progressing well," Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said recently to the media. "He's feeling better every time out. Good CJ stuff, fastball's got some carry, some cut to it. He's feeling good."

Edwards will be available for this afternoon's game against the San Diego Padres. Overall during his MLB career, he has a record of 9-8 with two saves and a 3.26 ERA (63 ER/174.0 IP) in 191 relief outings.

Rosario has a 1-0 record with a 5.91 ERA in 13 relief appearances at the big league level in 2019. He was the obvious choice to head back to Iowa since he has options left and just 25-years old. At Iowa, he has a 0-2 record and a 2.25 ERA in 18 relief appearances (20 innings) this season.

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