Chicago Cubs: Chatwood placed on Paternity list, Cubs recall righty


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Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports
Jeff Hanisch - USA Today Sports

LOS ANGELES – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Duane Underwood Jr. from Triple-A Iowa and placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood on the Paternity List.

Underwood, who will wear number 51, will make his major league debut as the starting pitcher tonight as the Cubs begin a four-game series at Dodger Stadium. The 23-year-old has gone 3-7 with a 4.27 ERA (34 ER/71.2 IP) in 14 games, all but one as a starter, with Triple-A Iowa this season, his first at the Triple-A level. He has allowed just three homers in 71.2 innings pitched and has limited opponents to a .352 slugging percentage.

A second round selection of the Cubs in the 2012 Draft, Underwood was selected to the 40-man roster in November of 2016. In seven minor league seasons, he has gone 31-32 with a 3.79 ERA (221 ER/524.2 IP) and one complete game in 114 games, including 108 starts. He set career marks in 2017 with 13 wins, 98 strikeouts and 138.0 innings pitched with Double-A Tennessee.

The six-foot, two-inch righty is set to become the first Cub to make his major league debut as a starting pitcher since Jen-Ho Tseng, September 14, 2017 vs. the Mets, and the first pitcher to do so on the road since Kyle Hendricks, July 10, 2014 at Cincinnati.

Chatwood, 28, has gone 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA (30 ER/68.1 IP) in 14 starts for Chicago this season.

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