Ryan was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. Mike Montgomery (lat) was placed on the 10-day injured list, so the Cubs are turning to Ryan as a left-handed replacement in the bullpen. The 27-year-old posted a 2.84 ERA over 12.2 innings this spring but did not make the Opening Day roster. Considering Montgomery's struggles thus far, Ryan may have a shot at retaining his role in the Cubs' bullpen if he performs well during this stint.
Ryan was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Ryan was unable to secure a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen despite his 2.84 ERA through 12.2 innings this spring. The southpaw will provide organizational bullpen depth.
Ryan inked a major-league contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. Ryan will remain in Chicago's organization after spending the entirety of the 2018 season at the Triple-A level with Iowa. He will get a chance to crack the Opening Day roster as part of the Cubs' bullpen next spring. Across 22 appearances (eight starts) for this past year, he logged a 2.86 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with 61 strikeouts in 66 innings of work.
Ryan is in the mix to win a bullpen spot out of spring training if the team decides to keep eight relievers, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. Ryan, who was a non-roster invitee to camp, has posted a strong 2.25 ERA in eight Cactus League innings, and he compiled a 3.87 ERA over 128 innings the past four seasons with the Tigers. If the Cubs go with eight relievers instead of seven, Ryan has a chance to make the Opening Day roster, but he has to beat out the likes of Justin Hancock and Anthony Bass. Eddie Butler also factors into the equation as a long reliever.
Ryan agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cubs on Wednesday, Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue reports. Ryan will likely begin the upcoming season with Triple-A Iowa, which is the level where he spent a majority of his time in 2017. During 48 games with Toledo in the Tigers' system, he posted a 4.96 ERA and 1.82 WHIP, while holding a 39:27 K:BB in 45.1 relief innings. He did wind up seeing the mound on eight occasions with Detroit, but struggled mightily against major-league pitching.