Cubs pitcher sent down to minors


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 Rosscup missed last season with a shoulder injury
Rosscup missed last season with a shoulder injury

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro has been optioned to Triple-A.

Rosscup, who will wear uniform number 59, will be available for the Cubs tonight as they begin their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field.

To make room for Rosscup on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan has been designated for assignment.

Rosscup, 28, has made 61 big league relief appearances covering three seasons with the Cubs from 2013-15 before missing the 2016 campaign due to left shoulder surgery. With the Cubs, he has gone 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA (28 ER/46.2 IP) in those 61 outings, striking out 57 batters in 46.2 innings pitched.

With Iowa this year, Rosscup has gone 2-1 with one save and a 3.45 ERA (6 ER/15.2 IP) in nine relief outings. He has struck out 25 batters in 15.2 innings pitched, an average of 14.4 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opponents to a .220 batting average. He has thrown more than one inning in eight of his nine outings this season.

Rosscup was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 28th round of the 2009 Draft and was acquired by the Cubs as part of an eight-player trade on January 8, 2011. He made his major league debut in 2013 and saw his most significant big league action in 2015, when he made 33 relief appearances.

Floro, 26, has posted no record and an 8.53 ERA (6 ER/6.1 IP) in two relief outings with the Cubs this season. With Iowa, he has gone 2-1 with a 4.74 ERA (10 ER/19.0 IP) in eight appearances, one as a starter.

Buchanan, 27, has gone 2-2 with a 4.75 ERA (22 ER/41.2 IP) in eight starts with Iowa this season.

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