Cruz was released by the Cubs on Friday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Cruz failed his physical, which led to his release. The 25-year-old appeared in 28 games (19 starts) for Triple-A Fresno last season, posting a 4.27 ERA and 1.47 WHIP.
Cruz received an invitation to spring training Friday. The left-hander pitched with the Astros' Triple-A affiliate last season, posting a 4.27 ERA in 116 innings. Due to the more established options in the Cubs bullpen, he'll likely head back to the minors once the regular season begins.
Cruz signed with the Cubs on Wednesday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Cruz was released by the Astros earlier in the offseason after posting a 4.27 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 116 innings with their Triple-A affiliate last season. The lefty is just 25 years old though, so the Cubs are apparently hoping he'll be able to continue developing in their system.
Cruz was released by the Astros on Thursday. Cruz put together a 7-5 record to go along with a 4.27 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 116 innings with Triple-A Fresno this season, but will now look to catch on with another team elsewhere. He could provide organizational depth for another team in the near future, but he's unlikely to gain fantasy relevance any time soon.
The Astros optioned outfielder Domingo Santana and pitcher Luis Cruz to minor-league camp on Friday, according to MLB.com. Catcher Luis Flores was reassigned to minor-league camp.
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