Cubs announce several roster moves

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Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports
Rick Scuteri - USA Today Sports

MILWAUKEE – The Chicago Cubs today placed infielder Daniel Descalso on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 24) with a sprained left ankle and added left-handed pitcher Derek Holland to the active roster. Holland will wear uniform number 45 and be available for the Cubs tonight when they continue their three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.

Holland, 32, was acquired yesterday from the San Francisco Giants. He has pitched exclusively in relief for the Giants since mid-May and overall this year has limited left-handed hitters to a .182 batting average (14-for-77), .276 on-base percentage, .195 slugging and .471 OPS, as he has allowed only one extra-base hit, a double, to lefties in 89 plate appearances. Among all N.L. pitchers against left-handed hitters this year, Holland has allowed the second-lowest slugging, third-lowest OPS and sixth-lowest batting average.

The southpaw went 1-0 with a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 IP) in 10 relief outings from June 24-July 18 before allowing four runs in 1.0 inning on July 20 vs. the Mets and being designated for assignment the next day. Overall, Holland posted a 2-4 record with a 5.90 ERA (45 ER/68.2 IP) in 31 appearances (24 relief outings) with the Giants this season.

Holland is a career 78-77 with a 4.51 ERA (682 ER/1,360 IP) in 275 big league appearances (221 starts) covering all or part of the last 11 seasons with the Texas Rangers (2009-16), Chicago White Sox (2017) and San Francisco Giants (2018-19).

Descalso, 32, is batting .181 (29-for-160) with five doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI in 73 games with the Cubs this season. He signed a two-year deal with the club last offseason.

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