Leathersich was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster on Friday. Leathersich made a solid return from Tommy John surgery in the second half of 2016, striking out 34 in 23.1 innings and allowing five earned runs. Adding him to the 40-man roster protects him from the Rule 5 draft and is another sign that he's good to go headed into 2017.
Leathersich (elbow) made four appearances in the low minors in late June, giving up just one hits over four scoreless innings. Even better, the 25-year-old lefty has struck out six and walked none. Granted, he's facing inexperienced hitters, but at least his rehab is going well. He had Tommy John surgery last July, but it looks like he'll be able to contribute for Triple-A Iowa soon, with the possibility of seeing time with the Cubs as well this summer.
Leathersich (elbow) was assigned to minor league camp on Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times' Gordon Wittenmyer reports. He will likely miss all or most of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of July 2015, and should therefore be a non-factor in fantasy this year.
Leathersich received an invitation to spring training Friday. The left-hander spent 2015 with the Mets organization, even posting a 2.31 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 11.2 innings with the big club prior to having Tommy John surgery. He'll likely spend time in the minors once he recovers fully from the operation.
Leathersich signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Leathersich was non-tendered in December and is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the Cubs saw enough out of his progress to snap him back up. His return to the mound should come in August if all goes to plan and the southpaw could be a nice piece to help fill out the Cubs' organizational depth.