Parker will open the year at Triple-A, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. He had been competing for the final spot in the Mariners' bullpen, but the team acquired Nick Vincent in a trade Wednesday, so Parker will serve as organizational depth at the Triple-A level.
The Cubs have purchased the contract of pitcher James Russell from Triple-A Iowa and designated for assignment pitcher Blake Parker, per ESPNChicago. Russell did not allow a run in 9 1/3 innings of relief while Parker pitched in three games, allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings, in Triple-A.
The Cubs announced Thursday they cut 12 players from major-league camp, including top catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber,who was reassigned to minor-league camp. The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers. Pitcher Blake Parker and pitcher Joseph Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs pitcher Blake Parker was promoted from Triple-A Iowa prior to Monday's game against the Brewers. He's posted a 6.08 ERA in 13 1/3 innings with Chicago.
Cubs pitcher Blake Parker was sent right back down to Triple-A Iowa following the conclusion of the team's doubleheader, for which he served as the 26th man. Parker appeared in Thursday's game, allowing two hits and striking out two batters over one scoreless inning of relief. It lowered his season ERA to 6.08 in 13 1/3 innings.
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