Cubs recall reliever from Triple-A


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Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports
Patrick Gorski - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Justin Hancock from Triple-A Iowa. Hancock will serve as the “26th man” tonight in the second game of Chicago’s day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Wrigley Field.

Hancock, 27, joins the Cubs for the second time this season after posting no record and a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP) in seven relief outings during his first stint with the club from May 9-27, his first-ever appearance on a big league roster. He has gone 2-2 with a 4.57 ERA (11 ER/21.2 IP) in 18 relief outings with Iowa this year, striking out 27 batters in 21.2 innings pitched, an average of 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

The righthander was acquired by the Cubs from San Diego May 8, 2017 for outfielder Matt Szczur. Hancock combined to go 2-4 with four saves and a 4.46 ERA (19 ER/38.1 IP) in 33 relief outings between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last year. He was a non-roster invitee to Chicago’s major league spring training in 2018.

Hancock is 28-35 with four saves and a 3.97 ERA (239 ER/541.2 IP) in 167 career minor league appearances, including 90 as a starter, in eight minor league seasons in the Padres and Cubs organizations. He was originally selected by San Diego in the ninth round of the 2011 Draft out of Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill.

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