ST. LOUIS - The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards, Jr. and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago's active roster now stands at 32 players.
Both Rosscup and Edwards, Jr., who will wear uniform number six, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Edwards, Jr., 24, joins the first major league roster of his career after going 5-3 with six saves and a 2.77 ERA (17 ER/55.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season. The righthander struck out 75 batters in 55.1 innings pitched between the stops, limiting opponents to a .139 batting average against. Edwards has pitched exclusively in relief this season for the first time in his career after seeing 49 of his first 50 pro outings take place as a starter in his first three seasons (2012-14).
The righthander began the 2015 campaign with Tennessee and turned in a 2.66 ERA (7 ER/23.2 IP) in 13 relief appearances to earn his first promotion to Triple-A in late May. Edwards was named to the U.S. Team in the 2015 Futures Game (0.2 scoreless innings pitched) before capping his Triple-A campaign with a 3-1 record, two saves and a 2.84 ERA (10 ER/31.2 IP) in 23 relief outings.
Edwards, Jr. joined the Cubs with right-handed pitchers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez and infielder Mike Olt in the trade that sent pitcher Matt Garza to Texas in 2013. He was originally selected by the Rangers in the 48th round of the 2011 Draft out of Prosperity, South Carolina. Edwards, Jr. is 19-10 with six saves and a 2.03 ERA (66 ER/292.1 IP) in 86 career appearances, 49 as a starter, in four pro seasons. He has struck out 369 batters in 292.1 innings pitched.
Rosscup, 27, joins the Cubs for the third time this season as he has gone 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA (11 ER/23.2 IP) in 27 relief appearances in his first two stints. Rosscup first joined the Cubs on April 14 and made 26 relief outings before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left shoulder inflammation. He was activated and optioned to Iowa on August 13. With the Cubs, Rosscup has struck out 25 batters in 23.2 innings while limiting foes to a .247 batting average, including a .143 average (4-for-28) and .214 slugging percentage by left-handed hitters.
With Iowa this year, Rosscup posted no record with a 4.76 ERA (6 ER/11.1 IP) in 11 relief outings, fanning 20 hitters in 11.1 innings pitched. A season ago, Rosscup went 1-0 with a 9.45 ERA (14 ER/13.1 IP) in 18 appearances covering seven stints with the Cubs, striking out 21 batters in 13.1 innings pitched. Overall, Rosscup is 3-1 with a 5.36 ERA (26 ER/43.2 IP) in 55 relief appearances with the Cubs covering the last three seasons (2013-15).