The Cubs announced a series of moves before tonight’s game against the Mets. Robert Stock was selected to the list while Cory Abbott was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Dillon Maples was placed on the 10-day injury list, retroactively to June 15 with a straight triceps strain, and Trevor Megill was elected to Iowa. To create 40 men roster space for Stock’s election, Chicago transferred the catcher PJ Higgins from 10-day to 60-day damage list.
Chicago claimed stock exemptions were overwintered during the winter, but they eventually corrected him out of 40-man before the season began. The hard-throwing court has spent the year in Iowa, throwing 1
The latter number is particularly crucial for Stock, who have been plagued by control issues at the major league level in recent seasons. The 31-year-old went with unsustainable 15.3% of hitters with the Padres and Red Sox between 2019-20 and contributed to a 7.13-ERA over 24 photos. The Cubs give him a chance to transfer his seemingly newfound control to the big league level. Stock’s MLB debut in 2021 comes tonight as he is on the mound which opens against New York.
Losing Maples is a hard blow for the Cubs bullpen. The 29-year-old has appeared in the major leagues in each of the last five seasons, but his 22 2/3 innings this year is easily a career high. The Maples have thrown themselves into a sterling 1.99 ERA during that time with elite strike (33.7%) and ground ball (52.3%) numbers. Maples boasts some of the best stuff in baseball, with elite speed and spin on each of his four-stitch fastball, cutter-shooter and curveball. However, he has always gone a fine line with his control, and Maples has continued to hand out free passes at an alarming rate (14.7%) this season.
Higgins took IL last week with a forearm strain. He will now be set aside until at least mid-August. Recent tests revealed more significant damage than expected in his elbow, reports Sahadev Sharma of Athletic (Twitter link). The 28-year-old Higgins has picked up his first 25 MLB record appearances this season and serves as a backup to Willson Contreras.