Cubs recall James Norwood, option reliever


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Tommy Gilliagan - USA Today Sports
Tommy Gilliagan - USA Today Sports

PHILADELPHIA – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher James Norwood from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Alec Mills was optioned to Triple-A Iowa following last night’s game. Norwood will be available for the Cubs tonight when they conclude their three-game series at the Philadelphia Phillies.

Norwood, 25, joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he tossed a scoreless inning of relief vs. Cincinnati during his previous stay on May 24. He has gone 3-2 with six saves and a 4.71 ERA (26 ER/49.2 IP) in 39 relief outings with Iowa this year. Norwood has struck out 69 batters and walked 27 in 49.2 innings while limiting foes to a .214 batting average against.

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 3.99 ERA (117 ER/263.2 IP) in 177 appearances (15 starts) covering six minor league campaigns.

Mills, 27, has posted no record with a 3.98 ERA (9 ER/20.1 IP) in four appearances (two starts) with the Cubs this season. He has gone 6-3 with a 4.94 ERA (51 ER/93.0 IP) in 17 appearances (16 starts) with Iowa this year.

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