CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Randy Wells from Triple-A Iowa. Wells will make the start for the Cubs this afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.
Wells, 29, is 27-30 with a 4.01 ERA (223 ER/500.1 IP) in 86 major league appearances, all but four as a starter. He spent most of the last three seasons in the Cubs rotation, posting a 7-6 record with a 4.99 ERA (75 ER/135.1 IP) in 23 starts last year after missing nearly two months in April and May due to a right forearm strain. Wells went 6-3 with a 4.04 ERA (40 ER/89.0 IP) in 14 starts after the All-Star Break.
Wells went 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA (56 ER/165.1 IP) in 27 starts in 2009, finishing sixth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, and followed up with an 8-14 record and a 4.26 ERA (92 ER/194.1 IP) in 32 starts in 2010, his first full season in the big leagues.
The righthander began this season with Triple-A Iowa and went 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA (15 ER/14.1 IP) in three starts prior to his recall today.
Wells takes the roster spot of outfielder Marlon Byrd, who yesterday was traded to the Red Sox with a cash consideration for right-handed pitcher Michael Bowden and a player to be named.