Cubs put Lackey, Rondon on DL; bring up Pena, Zastryzny
The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 15) with a right shoulder strain and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 17) with a right triceps strain. In corresponding roster moves, the Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Felix Pena and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.
To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks have been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Both Pena, who will wear uniform No. 60, and Zastryzny, who will wear uniform No. 29, join the first major-league roster of their careers and will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Pena, 26, is 3-4 with three saves and a 3.41 ERA (24 ER/63.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has struck out 81 batters and walked only 23 in 63.1 innings pitched, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pena has posted a 1.09 WHIP and limited opponents to a .203 batting average, including a .217 mark by right-handed hitters and a .180 mark by left-handed hitters. He has a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in 10 relief outings since the Triple-A All-Star Break.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Pena originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on March 9, 2009, out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is only three seasons removed from spending the entire 2013 with Low-A Kane County, where he earned midseason All-Star honors, before moving on to earn midseason All-Star honors with High-A Daytona in 2014 and Double-A Tennessee in 2015. Overall, Pena is 29-39 with seven saves and a 3.79 ERA (265 ER/628.2 IP) in 179 minor-league appearances (78 starts) covering eight seasons.
Zastryzny, 24, has combined to go 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA (65 ER/135.2 IP) in 24 outings, all but one as a starter, between Tennessee and Iowa this season. He began the year by making nine starts with Tennessee (3-2, 4.28) before earning his first promotion to Iowa on May 24 and going 7-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 Triple-A appearances (14 starts). With Iowa, Zastryzny has limited foes to a .229 batting average, including a .190 mark to left-handed hitters, and has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his last four outings, fanning 25 in 20 innings.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zastryzny was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Missouri. Like Pena, Zastryzny is only two seasons removed from Single-A Daytona. Overall, he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA (171 ER/334.1 IP) in 73 minor-league appearances, including 68 starts, in four campaigns.