Cubs re-claim lefty Rollins off waivers

Cubs re-claim lefty Rollins off waivers

CHICAGO -- The Cubs added another left-handed pitcher to their inventory, claiming David Rollins off waivers from the Rangers for the second time this offseason. It's the fifth time he's been claimed since Nov. 18.

Rollins, who turned 27 on Wednesday, has been popular on the transaction wire. The Cubs claimed him off waivers on Nov. 18, and then the Rangers claimed him four days later. He was then claimed off waivers by the Phillies on Dec. 2, but he was designated for assignment on Dec. 14 and then re-acquired by the Rangers off waivers on Wednesday.

With the move, Chicago's 40-man roster now is at 38.

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Rollins spent most of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, and he was 5-0 with a 3.97 ERA in 37 games. He struck out 32 and walked six over 45 1/3 innings. Rollins also appeared in 11 games with the Mariners, and he was roughed up in two outings, giving up three runs to the Royals on July 10 and three to the Pirates on July 27. In his Major League stint, he served up eight earned runs on 12 hits and seven walks while striking out six over 9 1/3 innings.

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.