Cubs recall lefthander Brooks Raley

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled left-handed pitcher Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa and optioned left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin to Triple-A.

Raley will make the start for the Cubs this afternoon against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old Raley returns to the major league roster for the third time this season, having gone 1-2 with a 7.63 ERA (13 ER/15.1 IP) in three starts with the Cubs since first having his contract selected from Iowa on August 7.  Raley earned his first major league win his last time out in the second game of a doubleheader August 18 at Cincinnati after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks, while fanning four in 5.1 innings in Chicago’s 9-7 victory.

Raley began the 2012 season with Double-A Tennessee, where he went 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA (19 ER/48.2 IP) in eight starts, walking only 12 batters in 48.2 innings.  Raley earned his first promotion to Triple-A Iowa on May 22 and went 4-8 despite a 3.62 ERA (33 ER/82.0 IP) in 14 starts.  The southpaw earned Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July honors after posting a 2.12 ERA (7 ER/29.2 IP) in five July starts, the fourth-lowest ERA among Pacific Coast League pitchers.  Raley has combined to go 6-10 with a 3.58 ERA (52 ER/130.2 IP) in 22 minor league starts this year.

Originally drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2009 Draft out of Texas A&M, Raley was a unanimous All Big 12 first-team selection in his final season with the Aggies in 2009.  He was born in San Antonio and graduated from Uvalde (Tex.) High School in 2007.  Overall, Raley has gone 22-27 with a 3.74 ERA (172 ER/414.0 IP) in 80 career minor league appearances, all but three as a starting pitcher.

Rusin was selected from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday and made his big league debut that night as the starter in Milwaukee, taking the loss despite allowing only one run on one hit and two walks, while fanning four in 5.0 innings.  Rusin has gone 8-8 with a 4.59 ERA (68 ER/133.1 IP) in 24 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season.