Brothers (1-0) struck out three batters in a scoreless inning of work out of the bullpen and earned the win Saturday against the Reds.
Starter Zach Davies went only four innings, so Brothers worked the fifth and picked up the win after mowing down the Reds on 14 pitches. The lefty has been solid for the Cubs, as he now has a 3.48 ERA and 1.06 WHIP through 11 appearances (10.1 innings) this season.
Brothers pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts to record a hold in Tuesday's win over the Mets.
After starter Jake Arrieta pitched five solid innings, Brothers took over and breezed through the sixth on 15 pitches. The lefty has been good so far for the Cubs with a 2.45 ERA and three holds across 7.1 innings, and he should continue to work in a middle-relief role.
Brothers said he's made mechanical changes that have helped him pitch well this spring and make the Cubs' Opening Day roster, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Brothers said shoulder pain he tried to pitch through while in Colorado caused his mechanics to get out of whack, and he posted a 7.23 ERA in 2017 with Atlanta, which was the last time he got significant run in the majors. The lefty made one appearance for Atlanta in 2018, then pitched in three games for the Cubs last year. Brothers was locked in this spring, tossing 8.2 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts, so it looks like the mechanical adjustments have helped. He should serve as the second lefty in the Chicago bullpen this season behind Andrew Chafin.
The Cubs selected Brothers' contract Sunday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Brothers was awarded a spot in the Chicago bullpen after he dazzled across eight scoreless innings in Cactus League play, striking out nine while conceding two hits and a walk. The 33-year-old lefty will likely settle for low-leverage duties to begin the season, but he could quickly work his way into a key setup role given the lack of established talent in the Chicago bullpen.
Brothers should make the Opening Day roster after the Cubs optioned Brad Wieck to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wieck and Brothers were battling to be the second lefty reliever behind Andrew Chafin, and it looks like Brothers has won the competition. He'll need to be added to the 40-man roster before the season starts. Brothers has only logged 3.1 MLB innings since the start of the 2018 season, but he should easily surpass that workload in 2021.
Brothers appears likely to secure an Opening Day bullpen spot with the Cubs, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The Cubs are in need of a second lefty reliever behind Andrew Chafin, and the battle this spring has seemingly come down to Brothers and Brad Wieck. Manager David Ross didn't officially say that Brothers had made the team, but he noted that "he's ready to impact our ballclub in a big way." Wieck is apparently still in the mix, but if the Cubs keep only two lefties, he looks like the odd man out.
Brothers could make the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a second left-handed reliever, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Andrew Chafin is the only lefty locked into the Chicago bullpen at the moment, so Brothers may make the team if the Cubs are looking for a little more flexibility. Brad Wieck is also in the mix, and both southpaws have looked sharp this spring with matching 0.00 ERAs, so the roster battle could come down to the end of camp.
Brothers agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs in January, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Shortly after being outrighted off the Cubs' 40-man roster in late October, Brothers opted for free agency. After assessing his options, the 33-year-old lefty ultimately decided it was in his best interest to rejoin the Cubs organization in 2021. He'll likely be invited to big-league spring training, but Brothers will face an uphill battle to win a spot out of Chicago's bullpen.
Brothers elected free agency Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Rather than accepting an outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers over the weekend, Brothers will leave the Cubs organization and pursue opportunities elsewhere heading into 2021. He'll likely have to settle for a minor-league deal this winter if he hopes to continue his playing career in North America.
Brothers was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Brothers was included on the Cubs' Opening Day roster in 2020, but he spent most of the season at the alternate training site. The southpaw made three relief appearances in the majors last year, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out eight over 3.1 innings. Infielder Max Schrock was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move.
Brothers was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Brothers made just a single appearance in his latest big-league stint, striking out the side in a scoreless inning against the Twins on Saturday. He'll make way on the roster for the return of Jose Quintana (lat), who starts Tuesday against the Pirates.
Brothers was recalled by the Cubs on Friday.
The veteran lefty made a pair of appearances for the Cubs in late July, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings. He'll likely fill a low-leverage role while he remains on the roster. Adbert Alzolay was optioned in a corresponding move.
The Cubs optioned Brothers to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Brothers was one of two Cubs relievers sent down to the alternate site while the team reduced its active roster from 30 to 28 men, with Justin Steele set to join him in South Bend. After earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, Brothers only appeared in two games for the Cubs, giving up three runs and striking out five in 2.1 innings.
The Cubs selected Brothers' contract Thursday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
The lefty reliever clinched a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster and is set to make his first appearance in the majors since 2018. Over 314 career appearances between the Rockies and Braves, Brothers has recorded a 3.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 13.4 K-BB%.
Brothers will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season.
Brothers was competing for a bullpen spot when spring training was suspended, and he'll now be among the 22 pitchers who will train at Wrigley Field in advance of the season. The veteran lefty last appeared in the majors in 2018 with Atlanta.
Brothers is in the mix for one of the Cubs' final bullpen spots when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Brothers signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in January and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018, so he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Iowa when play resumes. However, he has an outside shot of making the club if rosters are expanded as expected, as the Cubs and other MLB teams will likely aim to deepen their bullpens. Brothers is left-handed, which gives him a slightly elevated chance of making the team. Chicago currently has Kyle Ryan as the only healthy lefty in the bullpen, with Brad Wieck's status uncertain due to an abnormal heartbeat.
Brothers agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Brothers was once viewed as a potential closer in waiting in the Rockies organization, but he's had a tough time merely sticking around in the majors the past few years. After making just one appearance out of the Atlanta bullpen in 2018, Brothers signed with the Yankees last offseason and spent the entire 2019 campaign in the minors. He'll likely be ticketed for a spot in the Triple-A Iowa bullpen once the Cubs conclude spring training.
Brothers joined the Yankees on a minor-league deal Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Brothers has spent at least some time in the big leagues in seven of the last eight seasons, though his only appearance in 2018 saw him walk both batters he faced. The veteran southpaw struggled in the minors as well, recording a 7.24 ERA in 27.1 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, walking 22.9 percent of the batters he faced. He's had success in the past, but it would take a sudden turnaround for him to make an impact at Yankee Stadium this season.
Brothers passed through waivers unclaimed and was dropped from the Braves' 40-man roster.
Brothers has only appeared in one game at the major-league level this season and will continue being utilized out of the bullpen with Triple-A Gwinnett moving forward. The Braves also announced that Josh Ravin and Lane Adams were outrighted to Gwinnett after clearing waivers.
The Braves optioned Brothers to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Brothers made an appearance in the Braves' Opening Day win over the Phillies, walking two batters on 12 pitches and not recording an out. The 30-year-old struggled similarly with a 7.23 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 23.2 innings for the Braves in 2017 and will likely have to illustrate better control at Gwinnett in order to make it back to the major-league roster.
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|2019||ASX-Staten Island Yankee||3.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||7||1||1||0.00||0.667|