The Cubs acquired Aaron Brooks from Oakland for Chris Coghlan in February, but he was never healthy in 2016 after landing on the disabled list with a hip contusion in early April. Despite efforts to get back in the mix at Iowa, Brooks was limited just five appearances -- four starts -- in the Pacific Coast League before he was moved to the 60-day DL in August. In his last healthy campaign (2015), Brooks was effective as a starter at Triple-A, relying on good control to survive in the hitter-friendly PCL, but his limited exposure to big league hitters yielded poor results (6.67 ERA, 1.46 HR/9). Brooks remained on the Cubs' 40-man roster at the start of the offseason, suggesting that the front office sees him as a useful organizational piece, perhaps capable of contributing in long relief or as an option to make spot starts while working mostly as a starter at Iowa if he's able to return to health in 2017.
Brooks (hip) was activated from the 60-day DL on Monday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports. A hip contusion sidelined him early in the season, and his struggles during a rehab assignment led to him being placed on the 60-day DL and never returning to the big league bullpen. The Cubs still think he is worthy of a 40-man roster spot, however, so he has a chance to earn a spot in the bullpen in spring training.
Brooks (hip) was moved to the 60-day disabled list Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Brooks hasn't pitched since July 4 while on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. During said rehab assignment, he'd pitched 16.1 innings over five games, giving up 15 runs and five home runs along the way. Brooks was placed on the DL on April 4, so he's eligible to be activated whenever the Cubs deem him ready.
Brooks currently has a 7.71 ERA in 16.1 innings with Triple-A Iowa. Brooks went on the disabled list on April 4. He made his first rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa on June 11. In lieu of his struggles, don't expect the Cubs to call his number when he gets activated off the DL.
Brooks (hip) gave up seven runs and seven hits - including two home runs - in his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Brooks has struggled getting anyone out in his time with Iowa, giving up 11 hits and four walks in just six innings. Even if he's healthy, he doesn't look like he'll be getting called up to the Cubs anytime soon.
Brooks (hip) has joined Triple-A Iowa on a rehab assignment, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Brooks threw three innings for Iowa on Saturday, giving up four hits and four runs while walking three and striking out four. He's been on the major league DL all season, and it wouldn't be surprising if he stayed in the minors for a while.