Ryan is a virtual lock to be a part of the Cubs' bullpen whenever the 2020 season is able to begin, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Ryan signed a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Cubs in January, and the lefty's bullpen job seems pretty secure. He turned in a solid 3.54 ERA in 2019 and should serve as a key reliever in Chicago in 2020.
Ryan agreed to a one-year, $975,000 deal with the Cubs, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. This is his first of four years as an arbitration-eligible player. Ryan has handled himself well as a middle reliever for the Cubs but is unlikely to garner many high-leverage opportunities in 2020.
Ryan (personal) was activated from the bereavement list Tuesday. Ryan returns to the major-league club and will provide middle relief for the Cubs' bullpen, which has been decimated by injuries to Brandon Kintzler (pectoral), Steve Cishek (hip) and Craig Kimbrel (knee). In 45 innings pitched this season, the 27-year-old Ryan has posted an ERA of 2.80 with 44 strikeouts. Dillon Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in a corresponding move.
Ryan was placed on the bereavement list Friday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports. Ryan must miss a minimum of three games and a maximum of seven games. Alec Mills was recalled in a corresponding move.
Ryan (3-1) picked up the win in Wednesday's game against the Giants. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. The Cubs used Tyler Chatwood as a spot starter, and he departed after 68 pitches and four innings. Ryan came on and was sharp in relief, earning a win out of the bullpen as Chicago pulled away. The 27-year-old middle reliever has a solid 3.38 ERA and 37:12 K:BB in 37.1 innings for the Cubs this season.
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