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Cubs DFA Sean Newcomb, Promote Eric Stout

The Cubs shuffled a pair of left-handed pitchers ahead of Monday’s series opener against the Padres.

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The Chicago Cubs made a pair of roster moves involving left-handed pitchers on Monday afternoon. The club designated Sean Newcomb for assignment and called up Eric Stout from Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs acquired Newcomb in a trade with the Atlanta Braves hoping to bolster a pitching staff that was overwhelmed with injuries. In four innings with Chicago, the lefty had a 16.62 ERA with four strikeouts, nine hits allowed, and a 2.538 WHIP.

With the open roster spot, the Cubs promoted left-handed pitcher Eric Stout from Triple-A Iowa. In 16 games with Iowa, Stout owns a 3.94 ERA with 48 strikeouts, 22 walks, and a 1.348 WHIP in 29.2 innings. Although Stout has made a start this season in the minors, he will presumably serve in a bullpen role for the MLB club.

The Chicago Cubs kick off a four-game home series against the San Diego Padres Monday night with left-handed pitcher Justin Steele getting the start. He will face off against former Cubs ace Yu Darvish with the game starting at 7:05 PM CT.

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