Maples was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right triceps strain, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The righty must have suffered the injury during his scoreless inning of relief Monday against the Mets, in which he struck out one and allowed no baserunners. Maples has been one of the Cubs' more dependable bullpen options this season, posting a 1.99 ERA in 22.2 innings. It's unclear exactly how long he'll be sidelined with the triceps injury.
Maples, who logged a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday's loss to the Nationals, now has a 1.72 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 25 strikeouts across 15.2 innings this season.
The most important part of Maples' success has been his ability to limit walks, at least by his standards. He currently has a 5.7 BB/9, which, elevated as it is, would qualify as a career-low figure. The righty has always struggled with his command, and that's kept him from really breaking through at the MLB level. If Maples can continue pounding the strike zone, he has the stuff to be an effective reliever for the Cubs the rest of the season, as evidenced by his 14.4 K/9.
Maples struck out four batters Wednesday against the Brewers and now has 11 strikeouts through six innings this season.
Maples also has six walks across that span, and free passes have always been a concern with the righty. The Cubs seem to like using him for multiple innings, as he's pitched exactly two innings on three occasions while doing well to allow just a single earned run. However, Maples is unlikely to take on a more prominent bullpen role if he keeps struggling with walks.
Maples pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Brewers. He walked two and did not allow a hit.
Maples looked good in his 2021 debut, though walking a batter per inning is slightly concerning for a pitcher who has dealt with control issues. Because the 28-year-old can be volatile, he'll likely stick in a lower-leverage role for now, though he could work his way up the bullpen pecking order if he keeps racking up strikeouts.
Manager David Ross said Maples will be in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
This looked likely when Brad Wieck, Shelby Miller, Pedro Strop and Trevor Megill were all reassigned to the minors Saturday, and now the manager has provided confirmation. Maples probably won't be a high-leverage option for the Cubs, so his fantasy appeal remains limited, though he does offer some strikeout potential.
Maples will likely be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster following a handful of moves by the team Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Brad Wieck, Shelby Miller, Pedro Strop and Trevor Megill were all reassigned to the minors, which should leave Maples with a bullpen role in the majors to begin the season. He pitched just one inning for the Cubs in 2020 but logged 11.2 innings across 14 appearances in 2019, registering a 5.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 18 strikeouts. Maples also walked 10 batters in those 11.2 innings, and he'll need to exhibit better control if he wants to be effective at the MLB level.
Maples will be competing for one of the Cubs' last bullpen spots in spring training, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Sharma identifies Craig Kimbrel, Rowan Wick (chest), Jason Adam, Dan Winkler, Andrew Chafin and offseason addition Brandon Workman as the "core" of the team's bullpen. That could leave Maples, who is out of minor-league options, on the outside looking in, though he figures to compete for one of the final spots on the roster during spring training. The 28-year-old appeared in just two games for the Cubs last season and spent most of the year at the team's alternate training site.
Maples was optioned to Chicago's alternate camp site Thursday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
This move comes after Maples failed to record an out during his appearance against the Reds on Wednesday, where he allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit and four walks before exiting. Righty Colin Rea was summoned to the majors in a corresponding move.
Maples will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season and will head to Wrigley Field for summer camp.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa back in March, but he's now technically back with the big-league club. He's still not a lock to make the Opening Day roster, as the Cubs are carrying 39 players (including 22 pitchers) in their Wrigley Field group and can only have 30 on their final roster. Maples appeared in 14 games for the Cubs last season and logged 38 games for Triple-A Iowa. He did tally 97 strikeouts across 54.2 innings combined at the two levels, so he does bring some swing-and-miss stuff to the table.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Maples was in competition for a spot in the big-league club's bullpen, though he'll now presumably start the season in the minors. He threw sparingly prior to the suspension of the Cactus league, striking out three and walking one across two innings of work. Maples has pitched for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, so he'll likely serve as bullpen depth at some point once the campaign begins.
Maples, who has yet to appear in a Cactus League game this spring, is competing for one of the team's final bullpen spots to begin the year, Russell Dorsey of MLB.com reports.
Maples threw live batting practice Sunday for the second time this spring, and manager David Ross said the righty should appear in a game soon. Once Maples gets rolling in the Cactus League, expect him to get a long look as the Cubs figure out the back of their bullpen. The 27-year-old bounced between Triple-A and the majors last season, ultimately posting a 5.40 ERA and 18 strikeouts across 11.2 innings with Chicago.
Maples was recalled by the Cubs on Friday.
Maples has gotten into 11 games for the Cubs this season, posting a 6.75 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in 9.1 innings. His 31.1 percent strikeout rate is strong, but his 22.2 percent walk rate is quite poor, and his 19.2 percent walk rate for Triple-A Iowa is similarly worrisome.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old returns to the minors after struggling in his lone major-league appearance after being recalled -- allowing two home runs in 1.1 innings -- with Kyle Ryan (personal) activated from the bereavement list. Maples owns a 4.72 ERA with a 63:30 K:BB in 34.1 innings pitched with Triple-A Iowa this season.
Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Maples owns a 5.63 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with a 13:10 K:BB over eight innings this season for the Cubs. He'll get another shot in the big leagues after the Cubs placed Steve Cishek on the injured list with left hip inflammation.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Maples' latest stay with the Cubs lasted just four days. He was busy but also very ineffective, allowing five runs in 2.1 innings over three appearances. Robel Garcia was promoted in a corresponding move.
Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Maples has had trouble with walks at the big-league level this season, issuing nine free passes over 5.2 innings, but he has also struck out 10 batters and has allowed just one hit. He will provide some depth at the back end of the Cubs' bullpen.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Maples has thrown 5.2 scoreless innings for the Cubs this season, though his 10:9 K:BB isn't particularly encouraging. He'll make way on the active roster for Pedro Strop (hamstring), who was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.
He has a 4.61 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 13.2 innings at Triple-A. Maples has electric stuff, but his shaky command/control will likely confine him to low-leverage situations during this major-league stint.
Maples was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Maples made three appearances during his time with the big club, striking out six batters and not allowing a hit across 2.2 scoreless innings, though he did walk five batters during that stretch. Carl Edwards was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding roster move and will take his place in the bullpen.
Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Maples should have an opportunity over the next few days to make his 2019 big-league debut. He owns a 3.38 ERA with 16 strikeouts over eight innings for Iowa this season.
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|06/04||@ SF||L 5-8||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/03||@ SF||L 2-7||1.1||2||2||1||2|
|05/30||vs CIN||L 1-5||2.0||0||0||2||2|
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|2013||AFX-Kane County Cougars||34.2||11||7||0||0||2||1||34||31||33||8.42||1.871|
|2015||AFX-South Bend Cubs||30.1||15||0||0||1||1||1||19||12||28||4.19||1.329|
|2016||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||7.0||9||0||0||0||1||0||6||7||9||7.71||2.286|
|2016||AFX-South Bend Cubs||25.0||19||0||0||1||2||9||17||10||18||3.24||1.120|
|2017||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||31.1||21||0||0||4||0||3||44||15||21||2.03||1.158|