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Cubs Promote RHP Cory Abbott, Activate Jason Heyward from Injured List

The Cubs promoted pitcher Cory Abbott to the MLB roster and activated Jason Heyward off the Injured List on Saturday.

Photo: Baseball America

The Cubs promoted right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott to the active roster ahead of Saturday’s matchup against San Francisco.

Abbott, 25, was the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2019. Per Fangraphs, Abbott enters the Cubs bullpen with a 14.57 K/9 in Iowa this season. He struck out 41 batters in just 25.1 innings.

Abbott spent all of 2019 at Double-A Tennessee where he lead the Southern League in strikeouts (166).

Per MLB Pipeline, Abbott is ranked No. 15 in the Cubs system.

Abbott is known to use his cutter and slider but has now added the changeup he’s developed over the course of his minor league career.

“It’s going to help his fastball play up in the zone because his changeup comes out on the same plane except it gets to the plate (with) about 10 mph difference in velocity. So his changeup is really going to help him.”

– Iowa Cubs Manager Marty Pevey on Cory Abbott’s changeup

Abbott used the canceled 2020 minor league season as motivation to reach the big leagues this season. Having access to the Cubs’ pitch lab in Arizona made his instructional league experience successful.

He’s been part of the system since 2017 when the Cubs drafted him in the second round. He could very well be part of the next round of Cubs pitchers that form a future role in the organization’s starting rotation.

Jason Heyward Activated

The Cubs also activated outfielder Jason Heyward from the 10-day Injured List, DFA’d outfielder Nick Martini, and claimed right-handed pitcher Dakota Chalmers off waivers from the Twins.

The addition of Heyward back into the mix adds a much-needed bat to the mix of outfielders. Heyward has struggled offensively to start the year, entering Saturday with a .183/.254/.341 slash line.

Despite his offensive struggles, he provides consistent outfield defense.

The Cubs and Giants square off in their third game of the series on Saturday at 6:15 PM CDT.

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