The Cubs optioned Chris Rusin to Class AAA Iowa to make room for Saturday’s starter Brooks Raley but Rusin may not be there long. The rookie lefthander is expected to be among three or four pitchers called up when rosters expand next week.
“Obviously, you don’t know what’s going to happen yet but there’s a well-above average chance he’ll be back in September so we can get another look at him,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Tony Campana will also likely be recalled when rosters expand to 40 on Sept. 1. The struggling outfielder was sent down to make room for Brett Jackson earlier this month but his speed alone makes him a valuable bench player during the final month.
“We’re not going to bring 15 guys up or anything like that,” Sveum said. “Most of them are here, anyway. There are some guys coming back from injuries that we still want to take a look at.”
Rusin made his major-league debut against the Brewers at Miller Park Tuesday and allowed only an infield single in five innings. He also tripled in his first at-bat.
“He’s definitely a guy you want to see more of,” Sveum said.
He can make the ball do a lot of things. he’s got a plus changeup and keeps the ball down. You’d like to see in another enviironment where it isn’t his first start where all the jitters are gone and all that stuff. He’ll compete … his command wasn’t there but he battled back and got back in the count and made the pitches and kept the ball on the ground when he had to. He’s def a guy you want to see more of.