Rucinski received an invitation to spring training. Rucinski spent the last few years in the Angels organization and even appeared in the majors with them, although his appearances weren't all that pretty. The bullpen is pretty set, so the right-hander will likely spend time in the minors for the majority of the 2016 season.
Rucinski signed a minor league deal with the Cubs on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Rucinski spent the 2014-15 seasons with the Angels, and only appeared in seven games for the big league club. He was 0-2 with 6.28 ERA in those appearances. Rucinski will most likely begin the 2016 season in the Cubs' minor league system.
Right-hander Drew Rucinski and outfielder Alfredo Marte, both of whom were designated for assignment by the Angels this week, have cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake City. Rucinski has spent nearly all year in the minors, but he has pitched in four games out of the bullpen for the Angels and compiled a 7.71 ERA.
The Angels activated the following players from the disabled list: Collin Cowgill, Taylor Featherston, David Freese, Matt Joyce and Cory Rasmus. Freese will start in Tuesday's contest. Moreover, the team called up Jett Bandy, Michael Morin, Nick Tropeano and Wesley Wright. The team also designated Alfredo Marte and Drew Rucinski for assignment.
The Angels placed second baseman Johnny Giavotella on the 15-day disabled list, and recalled relief pitcher Drew Rucinski from Triple-A on Tuesday, per the Orange County Register. Giavotella had missed time as of late because he was dealing with the flu.