Hammel comes off bereavement list, will start Wednesday

Hammel comes off bereavement list, will start Wednesday

CHICAGO -- The Cubs activated right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel off the bereavement list on Tuesday and optioned right-hander Justin Grimm to Triple-A Iowa.

Hammel is scheduled to start on Wednesday when the Cubs conclude a two-game Interleague series against the Angels at Wrigley Field. He's 11-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 21 starts so far.

Grimm, 27, has appeared in 46 games for the Cubs this season. He was optioned to Iowa on July 30 to make room for Brian Matusz, who made a spot start. In one relief appearance with the Minor League team on Aug. 1, Grimm struck out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning. Grimm was recalled when Hammel had to tend to a family matter.

• Cubs reliever Hector Rondon was not available Tuesday night because of a sore right triceps. Manager Joe Maddon said the injury was not serious, and they were taking a precautionary approach.

"Nobody in the training room feels there's anything seriously wrong," Maddon said. "They're just being careful now."

Rondon planned on playing catch Wednesday.

"It's not an issue," Rondon said. "I feel a little tired and tight, too. I prefer to do my treatment and see how I feel [Wednesday]. ... As soon as I feel good, I'll be in the game."

• The Cubs and Josh Collmenter have reportedly agreed on a Minor League contract. The team would not confirm. Collmenter was the D-backs' Opening Day starter in 2015, and spent the first six weeks of this season on the disabled list because of tightness in his right shoulder.

Collmenter had appeared in 15 games with Arizona this season, all in relief, giving up 12 earned runs over 22 1/3 innings for a 4.84 ERA. The D-backs released him on Sunday.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.