Cubs recall reliever, option Hancock


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Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports
Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports

PITTSBURGH – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Justin Hancock has been optioned to Triple-A.

Farrell, who will wear uniform number 59, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon when they begin their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

The 26-year-old Farrell joins the Cubs for the second time this season, as he went 1-2 with a 7.94 ERA (5 ER/5.2 IP) in six relief outings during his first stint. He has made five starts for Iowa this season, going 0-2 with a 4.94 ERA (13 ER/23.2 IP). Farrell made his major league debut last season with Kansas City before joining Cincinnati in August, combining to post no record with a 5.54 ERA (8 ER/13.0 IP) in 10 appearances (one start) between the two stops. Farrell turned in a 2.61 ERA (3 ER/10.1 IP) in nine relief outings upon joining the Reds last year.

In 2017, Farrell went 8-6 with a 4.78 ERA (62 ER/116.2 IP) in 22 appearances, all but two as a starter, between the Royals, Dodgers and Reds Triple-A affiliates last season. Overall, Farrell is 25-30 with three saves and a 4.45 ERA (259 ER/524.0 IP) in 109 career minor league appearances, 89 as a starter.

Farrell is a native of Westlake, OH and was originally selected by the Royals in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Northwestern University. He is the son of former major league manager John Farrell and the brother of Jeremy, the Cubs minor league infield coordinator, and Shane, a regional crosschecker for the Cubs.

Hancock, 27, has posted no record and a 1.74 ERA (2 ER/10.1 IP) in seven relief appearances with the Cubs this year and has gone 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA (6 ER/14.1 IP) in 11 relief outings for Iowa this year.

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