Cubs make a flurry of roster moves
The Cubs shook up the roster ahead of their road trip.
They optioned Jason Adam down to the alternate site and placed catcher Austin Romine on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist sprain.
The Cubs called up right-handed pitcher Trevor Megill and catcher Tony Wolters from the alternate site as replacements. To create room on the 40-man roster for both Megill and Wolters, the team moved relievers Rowan Wick and Jonathan Holder to the 60-day IL.
Megill and Wolters are available for Monday night’s game in Atlanta.
Adam, 29, came on strong down the stretch last season and emerged as an important piece of the bullpen out of spring training. He has struggled a bit this season, including an outing Sunday in which he allowed 5 runs and did not record an out in the 9th inning against the Brewers.
Megill, 27, was the Cubs’ Rule 5 Draft pick in December 2019 and they made a separate deal with the Padres to retain the 6-foot-8 right-hander. He was impressive in spring training with 12 strikeouts in 8.1 innings and sat in the upper 90s with his fastball.
“He threw the ball well in spring and somebody who was definitely on the radar to even make the team,” David Ross said. “He’s been doing great in South Bend, attacking hitters, throwing strikes. The secondary pitches have been in the zone.
“His name jumped out when we were talking about some guys to bring up. He was the first name that kinda popped up because of how well he’s been throwing.”
Romine, 32, started the season the IL with a knee sprain and now finds himself back there a couple weeks later. He signed with the team over the winter and has appeared in 6 games with the Cubs, going 1-for-9 with an RBI at the plate.
With Romine out to start the year, the Cubs signed Wolters just ahead of Opening Day and included him on the initial roster. He played in 3 games before being designated for assignment when Romine returned. When Wolters cleared waivers earlier this month, the Cubs stashed him at the alternate site in South Bend.
Wick has dealt with an intercostal strain since the middle of last September and is working his way back.
“Rowan’s doing OK,” Ross said. “He got a little bit of soreness between bullpens. Things were progressing really fast and some of the oblique stuff popped back up just from a soreness standpoint, so we just slowed him down a little bit.
“It just makes more sense to slow him down and with the procedural moves that we needed to make, it was something that we needed to do.”
Holder was an offseason free agent signing but hit the shelf in the middle of spring training with a shoulder/pec strain. He and Wick are both eligible to return from the 60-day IL in late May, health permitting.