The Cubs made an unsurprising transaction Thursday afternoon by designating right-handed pitcher Brandon Workman for assignment and recalling southpaw Justin Steele from the South Bend alternate training site.
Workman, 32, only pitched eight innings on the year but experienced trouble up in a majority of them. He leaves with a 6.75 ERA and -0.4 WAR in ten appearances.
In his eight innings pitched, Workman allowed and 12 hits, including two homers, and nine runs in addition to seven walks. Watching him pitch was not fun.
The Cubs will have a week to trade him, release him, or hope he passes through waivers.
As for the corresponding move, Justin Steele gives the Cubs another left-handed arm out of the bullpen to pair with Rex Brothers. He’s been solid in his low-leverage appearances so far.
He’s only pitched three innings total but has three strikeouts and only one walk in those innings.
Steele, the Cubs #22 overall prospect, presents upside the Cubs and fans might be looking for when thinking about the future of the organization.