Cubs Add RHPs Dan Haren and Tommy Hunter to Roster, RHP Yoervis Medina Optioned to AAA Iowa

MILWAUKEE - The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitchers Dan Haren and Tommy Hunter to the active 25-man roster. Right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Haren will wear uniform number 50 and Hunter will wear uniform number 21.

Haren, 34, was acquired yesterday from Miami with a cash consideration for a pair of minor leaguers. He is 149-129 and a 3.75 ERA (983 ER/2361.1 IP) in 380 appearances (369 starts) covering 13 major league seasons with St. Louis (2003-04), Oakland (2005-07), Arizona (2008-10), the Angels (2010-12), Washington (2013), the Dodgers (2014) and Miami (2015). Among active pitchers, Haren ranks in the top 10 in innings pitched, games started, wins, strikeouts (1,965) and WHIP (1.18). He has seven top 10 finishes in his league in both strikeouts and innings pitched.    

A three-time All-Star, Haren has reached 30 starts and double digits in victories while surpassing 175.0 innings pitched in each of the last 10 seasons starting in 2005, numbers that are within reach for an 11th-straight campaign in 2015. Haren broke into the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2003 at the age of 22 and joined Oakland as part of a four-player trade prior to the 2005 season. He earned his first All-Star selection in 2007 with Oakland when he went 15-9 with a 3.07 ERA (76 ER/222.2 IP) in 34 starts. He was also an All Star with Arizona in 2008 and 2009. 

Haren has gone 7-7 with a 3.42 ERA (49 ER/129.0 IP) in 21 starts with the Marlins this season. He has issued only 25 walks in 129.0 innings pitched, an average of 1.74 walks per nine innings, tied with Clayton Kershaw for the sixth-lowest average in the National League. Haren also has turned in a 1.09 WHIP, 10th lowest in the league, while limiting opponents to a .286 on-base percentage.

Hunter, 29, was acquired from Baltimore yesterday for outfielder Junior Lake and has pitched all or part of eight major league seasons with the Texas Rangers (2008-11) and Baltimore (2011-15). Since moving into a full-time bullpen role with Baltimore in 2013 season, Hunter has gone 11-9 with 39 holds, 15 saves and a 3.05 ERA (65 ER/191.2 IP) in 167 relief outings the last three years, limiting opponents to a .276 on-base percentage. He has walked only 37 batters in 189.2 innings and posted a 1.95 ERA (6 ER/27.2 IP) in 21 outings against the National League the last three years.

The righthander saw 75 of his first 98 major league outings come as a starting pitcher through the 2012 campaign before moving to the bullpen and tying for 10th in the league with 21 holds while posting a 2.81 (27 ER/86.1 IP) and a 0.98 WHIP in a career-high 68 outings in 2013. Hunter saw time as Baltimore's closer last year and recorded 11 saves to go along with 12 holds and a 2.97 ERA (20 ER/60.2 IP) in 60 appearances. He went 2-2 with six holds and a 3.63 ERA (18 ER/44.2 IP) in 39 appearances for the Orioles this season.

Hunter is 44-33 with 15 saves and a 4.28 ERA (314 ER/661.0 IP) in 265 major league outings, 189 of which have come in relief. He broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2008 at the age of 22 and made all but one of his first 45 major league outings as a starter through 2010, going 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA (53 ER/128.0 IP) in 2010 before being traded to Baltimore with Chris Davis for Koji Uehara on July 30, 2011. Hunter has reached the postseason three times with Texas (2010) and Baltimore (2012 and 2014).

Medina, 27, has no record and a 7.00 ERA (7 ER/9.0 IP) in five relief appearances with the Cubs this season and is 0-2 with one save and an 8.68 ERA (18 ER/18.2 IP) in 16 relief outings with Iowa this year.