Newcomb (ankle) played catch Saturday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. Newcomb hit the injured list Wednesday with a sprained left ankle. The fact that he's playing catch three days later suggests that his absence may not be a particularly long one. He's expected to resume mound work soon.
The Cubs placed Newcomb on the 15-day injured list Wednesday with a left ankle sprain, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. According to Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times, Newcomb picked up the ankle injury while shagging flyballs in the outfield during batting practice Sunday. Since being acquired from Atlanta on April 20, Newcomb has made just three appearances out of the Chicago bullpen, working 3.1 innings while giving up three earned runs.
Newcomb, who allowed three runs across 1.1 innings in Friday's loss to the Brewers, has an 8.59 ERA this season. Newcomb was traded to the Cubs on April 20 to serve as another lefty option in the bullpen. The 28-year-old hasn't made much of an impact yet, allowing 10 hits, five walks and two home runs across 7.1 innings. Newcomb struggled some in his last two seasons with Atlanta also, as evidenced by a 1.70 WHIP in 2021 and a 1.90 WHIP in 2020. His WHIP so far this season is 2.05, and if Newcomb keeps allowing baserunners at this rate, he's unlikely to find much success.
Newcomb, along with cash considerations, was traded from Atlanta to the Cubs on Wednesday in exchange for Jesse Chavez. Newcomb was designated for assignment by Atlanta on Tuesday, and Chicago opted to acquire him via trade rather than potentially losing out on a waiver claim. The 28-year-old lefty had a 3.87 ERA across his first three big-league campaigns, but he's struggled over the past three years, which limited his opportunities in the majors. He'll now receive a fresh start with the Cubs.
Atlanta designated Newcomb for assignment Tuesday. Newcomb's lack of remaining minor-league options helped him make Atlanta's Opening Day roster, but he was able to maintain his spot in the big-league bullpen for long. He allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 1.1 innings in Monday's loss to the Dodgers, marking the third time in as many appearances that he gave up at least one run. Atlanta recalled Dylan Lee from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Newcomb as a left-handed option out of the bullpen.
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