Leathersich was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday. Before being acquired by the Pirates on Sept. 4, Leathersich had been a member of the Cubs organization. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Iowa, where he threw 44.1 innings over 41 games. In that time, he posted a 2.84 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. Leathersich could be a decent source of strikeouts if he gets enough use in the majors, as he fanned 72 batters with Iowa this season.
Leathersich was claimed off waivers by the Pirates from the Cubs on Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Leathersich will report to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he'll serve as organizational pitching depth down the stretch. The 27-year-old has compiled an impressive 2.84 ERA and 72:28 K:BB in 44.1 innings with Triple-A Iowa this season, so he could see a cup of coffee with the Pirates in September.
Leathersich was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Saturday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Leathersich was sent off the 40-man roster in order to make room for the recently acquired Leonys Martin, who will join the major-league club Saturday. The left-hander has only appeared in one game for the Cubs this season, and has spent the majority of the year with Triple-A Iowa, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 44.1 innings of relief.
Leathersich was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The left-hander appeared just once for the Cubs, giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Leathersich has just 12.1 major-league innings to his name but carries a decent 3.65 ERA. Whenever he returns to the bigs, however, he'll occupy a low-leverage role.
Leathersich was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Leathersich was added to the Chicago 40-man roster back in November, but it took the Cubs until July to award him his first potential major-league opportunity. He'll give manager Joe Maddon another left-handed option in the bullpen, but isn't bad against righties either, limiting them to a .172 batting average at the Triple-A level this season.
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