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Cubs Activate Brault, Option Espinoza on Wednesday

The Cubs have activated LHP Steven Brault and sent RHP Anderson Espinoza to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday morning.
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Ahead of the series finale between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, the Cubs made a roster move impacting their bullpen. After hitting the injured list with COVID-19, LHP Steven Brault has been activated. To make room on the roster, the club optioned RHP Anderson Espinoza to Triple-A Iowa.

Steven Brault spent the early portion of the season on the IL while rehabbing a tricep injury. However, he was activated roughly one month ago and pitched well before returning to the IL. The 30-year-old southpaw has yet to allow a run in five appearances and 5.2 innings of work. He has yielded three walks and three hits while striking out five.

As for Anderson Espinoza, the right-hander has been up and down with the Cubs more than once this season. Acquired last season, the righty was once a top prospect in baseball. That said, he has still been serviceable for the Cubs. The 24-year-old has pitched 15.2 innings over six appearances, recording a 4.11 ERA and 15 strikeouts, but 13 walks to combat those numbers.

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