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In a relatively surprising development out of Chicago, the Cubs will option Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times. Mike Montgomery, meanwhile, has been put on the injured list, per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, who also announced the Edwards Jr. move on ESPN 1000 this morning. The Cubs have not yet announced the moves.

Edwards Jr. no doubt has wipeout stuff, but he has long struggled with loss of command in stretches, never more clearly than in the early stages of this season. Edwards Jr. has made four appearances spanning just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six earned runs, two home runs and five walks in that time. Still, the move must come as somewhat of a shock to the system for the “String Bean Slinger,” who has been a key part of the Cubs bullpen since their World Series championship season in 2016. Over the last two seasons, Edwards, 27, has averaged 66 appearances per season with a 2.81 ERA and 12.2 K/9 to 5.3 BB/9.

With the Cubs losing six in a row after a win on Opening Day, changes were clearly in store for the Northsiders. Edwards had one option remaining, which could be a consideration here, as the only other pitchers on the staff with options remaining are lefty Randy Rosario (1) and starter Kyle Hendricks (3). Hendricks, obviously, is going nowhere, while Rosario has been one of the few strike-throwers out of the Cubs pen so far this season.

The corresponding roster moves have not yet been announced, nor has the extent of Montgomery’s injury.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.


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