Cubs recall RHP from Triple-A Iowa

Cubs recall RHP from Triple-A Iowa

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ST. LOUIS – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Eddie Butler from Triple-A Iowa. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Cubs optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa following Wednesday’s game.

Butler, who will wear uniform number 33, will make the start for the Cubs tonight as they begin their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

The 26-year-old Butler is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA (4 ER/30.2 IP) in five starts with Triple-A Iowa this season. He pitched 6.0 scoreless innings his last time out vs. Memphis on May 6, totaling 92 pitches. Overall, he has thrown four quality starts with his lone non-quality start being a 5.2 scoreless inning effort. Butler spent April 24-May 6 on the disabled list due to a left ankle sprain.

Butler has spent parts of the last three seasons in the big leagues with Colorado, combining to go 6-16 with a 6.50 ERA (115 ER/159.1 IP) in 36 appearances (28 starts). In six minor league seasons, Butler has gone 33-25 with a 3.20 ERA (184 ER/517.1 IP) in 92 minor league outings, all but one as a starter.

The six-foot-two, 180-pound Butler split the 2016 campaign between the Rockies and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 8-3 with a 4.45 ERA (44 ER/89.0 IP) in 15 starts with Albuquerque and 2-5 with a 7.17 ERA (51 ER/64.0 IP) in 17 appearances (nine starts) in the big leagues.

Butler was originally selected by the Rockies in the supplemental first round (46th overall) of the 2012 Draft and made his major league debut two years later. He is a native of Chesapeake, Va., and attended Radford University.

Grimm, 28, is 1-0 with a 7.53 ERA (12 ER/14.1 IP) in 13 relief outings with the Cubs this season.

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