Rucker retired the final batter of the game to earn the save in Sunday's win over the Brewers. Rucker needed to throw only two pitches to record his first career MLB save, though it certainly wasn't stress-free, as he entered the game with the bases loaded and the Cubs holding a 6-4 lead. Rucker got the nod due to the struggles of Rowan Wick, who allowed two runs on two hits and three walks while retiring just two batters. Wick should still be the Chicago's primary closer moving forward, though it's encouraging that Rucker was trusted in a high-pressure situation.
Rucker allowed six runs on four hits across two innings of relief in Monday's loss to the Reds. He walked two and struck out four. The four strikeouts are about the only silver lining for Rucker, who was otherwise hit hard by Cincinnati in a 14-5 romp for the Reds. The 27-year-old has struggled with a 9.26 ERA across 11.2 innings of work since getting the call to the majors at the end of July, and he's only a low-leverage option for the Cubs at this point.
Rucker will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season. Rucker will be assigned to training camp in South Bend, where he'll work with other minor leaguers. The 26-year-old righty should offer organizational depth for the Cubs during the abbreviated 2020 season.
Rucker was returned to the Cubs by the Orioles on Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports. Rucker was the 11th pick of the Rule 5 draft in December, but the Orioles elected not to carry him on the major-league roster after a couple weeks of spring training. The 25-year-old finished 2019 at Triple-A Iowa, but he spent most of the season at Double-A Tennessee and had a 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 89:22 K:BB over 75.2 frames.
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