Friday, May 21, 2010

Breaking News: Howry Signs With Cubs

With the struggles of the Cubs bullpen this season, Jim Hendry has finally added a veteran arm. However, Bobby Howry might not be what most Cubs fans were hoping for.

Howry has signed a one year deal with the Cubs and will earn the league minimum of $410,000. Bob will join the team tonight in Texas for the first interleague game of the year. He was released by Arizona earlier this week.

To make room on the active roster, Justin Berg was sent to AAA-Iowa. David Patton has been DFA'd to make room on the 40-man roster. Patton was the Cubs' Rule 5 Draft Pick in December 2008 and was kept on the 25-man roster (or DL) for all of the 2009 season, but the Cubs' are giving up on him. Patton had a 5.23 ERA in 7 games at Class-A Daytona this season.

This was the second adjustment made to the bullpen this week after Jeff Stevens was called up on Wednesday. Esmalin Caridad has returned to the DL. His new injury is a right elbow strain.

Here are some notes on Howry, who will be used in middle relief:
  • B/T: Left/Right
  • Drafted: By the Giants in the 5th round in 1994
  • Has played with the White Sox, Red Sox, Indians, Giants, and D'backs.
  • 10.67 ERA in 14 games before being released by Arizona this season.
  • Went 4-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 2006, his first and best year of his first stint with the Cubs.
  • Remained a Cub until signing with the Giants after the '08 season.
  • 36 years old

That's it for now, but I'll keep you posted.

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