The Cubs made a few bullpen moves Sunday, bringing back Neil Ramirez from the disabled list and putting newly acquired Jacob Turner on the roster.
Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation.
“Fortunately we’ve got (Ramirez) back, and it strengthens our pen now with (Pedro Strop) and Hector (Rondon),” manager Rick Renteria said.
The Cubs bullpen is around the middle of the pack this year, ranked 17thin the majors with a 3.61 earned-run average. Last year they finished 25thwith a 4.04 ERA, but the additions of Ramirez (0.96 ERA) and Wesley Wright (2.86), and the improvement of Strop (2.76) have solidified the back end.
Turner said he expects to be used out of the bullpen, but had not been told as of Sunday morning. Renteria said he would talk to pitching coach Chris Bosio about how Turner would be used, but didn’t know before the game.
Turner struggled with the Marlins, but is only 23 and has some experience in both Detroit and Miami.
“I just met him this morning, so I don’t know where his confidence level is,” Renteria said. “He’s a big leaguer, so I’m sure he’s pretty confident about himself.”
Turner was glad to get a fresh start in an organization that seemingly will give him a chance to start again, even if it’s next year. Does he still consider himself a starter?
“I do,” he said. “I don’t know where their thought process is. I haven’t talked to them a whole lot about it. But whatever situation they put me in, it’s still the same game so just go out there and execute pitches."