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Cubs DFA Daniel Norris, Promote Erich Uelmen

The Cubs promoted Eric Uelmen to the MLB roster after DFAing Daniel Norris.

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The Chicago Cubs shuffled a pair of pitchers ahead of Sunday’s series finale against the New York Mets. The club DFA’d left-hander Daniel Norris and promoted righty Erich Uelmen from Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs signed Norris in the offseason hoping to add depth to a pitching staff that was desperate for quality “innings eaters.” However, in his short time with the Cubs, Norris struggled to find his way. In 27 games, he threw 30 innings with 43 strikeouts but allowed 23 hits, including seven home runs, and 21 walks, resulting in a 1.467 WHIP and a 6.90 ERA.

As with any DFA, the Cubs will have seven days to trade, waive, or release Norris. Given the left-hander’s struggles this season, it may be best for the team to move on from the reclamation project and look elsewhere for pitching help.

Cubs Promote Uelmen

With Daniel Norris off the roster, the Cubs have promoted Erich Uelmen from Triple-A Iowa.

Uelmen, a fourth-round draft pick by Chicago in 2017, has pitched well so far this year to cement his role as the Iowa Cubs’ closer. In 28 games this season, he has a 2.79 ERA with 52 strikeouts, 23 walks, and six saves across 42 innings.

Uelmen has received plenty of praise, as many believe he has MLB-quality stuff already and could potentially be a productive arm for the North Siders’ bullpen.

Hopefully Uelmen can help a desperate Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff that is looking for quality innings, especially with the team approaching the dog days of summer.

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