Fife (side strain) has been removed from the DL and will start Monday's game against Triple-A El Paso, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports. Fife will start his first game on Monday night since being placed on the DL on April 17. Fife is 0-1 after two starts this season and has a 4.91 ERA. However, most of that damage came from his first start of the season, during which he gave up four runs in three innings.
Fife was placed on the DL on Friday with a strain in his left side, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Fife has made two start for Triple-A Iowa this year. He last pitched in the majors for the Dodgers in 2014, when he made one start.
Fife was reassigned to minor league camp Friday. Though Fife pitched well this spring, giving up just one unearned runs in six innings, there was no room for him on the Cubs' major league staff. He could be a part of the rotation with Triple-A Iowa this year.
Fife pitched two scoreless innings against the Dodgers in a split-squad loss Saturday. He gave up just one unearned run, his first run allowed this spring. That's three two-inning stints in a row for Fife, who missed all of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. While he hasn't set the world on fire, the numbers are pretty good from a pitcher with so much rust. He'll likely spend the year with Triple-A Iowa.
Fife (elbow) pitched 43 innings in the Venezuelan League this winter, the Cubs' official site reports. Fife missed all of 2015 after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The non-roster invitee is vying for a spot on the Cubs' roster, but is far more likely to spend the entire season in the minors.
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