Cubs move Soriano up to Triple-A Iowa

Cubs move Soriano up to Triple-A Iowa

CHICAGO -- Rafael Soriano, who the Cubs hope can help in the bullpen at some point this season, was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

Soriano, 35, appeared in five games for Tennessee and gave up one unearned run on three hits and three walks over five scoreless innings. The right-hander signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs June 9.

In his 13-year Major League career, Soriano has 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA combined with the Mariners (2002-06), Braves (2007-09), Rays (2010), Yankees (2011-12) and Nationals (2013-14).

Cubs manager Joe Maddon knows Soriano well from their time together in Tampa Bay in 2010 when the pitcher was 3-2 with a 1.73 ERA and 45 saves in 64 appearances.

In another Minor League roster move, catcher Cael Brockmeyer was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa to fill in the vacancy created by catcher Kyle Schwarber's promotion to the big league team. Brockmeyer, 23, was batting .260 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 77 games across four Minor League levels this season.

Right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr., who was on the temporary inactive list to take part in the Futures Game, has been activated and re-joined Iowa.

Iowa also announced outfielder Anthony Giansanti, 26, was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.

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