With the fourth game in the series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals to take place on Wednesday night, the Cubs made a flurry of roster moves. After news that Kyle Hendricks is beginning his rehab now and other notes, the team made the following transactions:
As noted above, there is little surprise that Hendricks has been transferred to the 60-day IL. With his sights on 2023, the right-hander can focus exclusively on his recovery. As for the other moves, some spark interest on the state of the bullpen.
For starters, Steven Brault is heading to the 15-day IL after pitching in Tuesday's second doubleheader game. Unfortunately, Brault was pitching really well prior to the Cardinals game on Tuesday. His loss is a tough blow to the bullpen, especially with the lack of lefties.
The pitching carousel continued with sending Anderson Espinoza and Nicholas Padilla to Triple-A Iowa. Espinoza and Padilla both pitched in the brutal 13-3 loss on Tuesday night. Neither player fared very well, as the Cardinals' bats teed off on the Cubs' pitching staff. In return, Kervin Castro was recalled after being sent down a couple days ago, and Luke Farrell was promoted to start Wednesday's game.
Farrell has pitched with the Cubs before, last appearing in 2018 for the team. Now, he returns to take the mound against the Cardinals at Wrigley. Farrell will look to even the series with the Cardinals before Marcus Stroman takes the bump on Thursday in the series finale.