Underwood (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out four to earn the win versus Miami.
Starter Mitch Keller left the game with a heat illness, and Underwood was the first reliever to enter. He did well in relief, and Pittsburgh pulled ahead on his watch, which put him in line for the win. The right-hander has a 3.93 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 34:12 K:BB across 34.1 innings this year. He's added one hold, but Underwood has taken on a bulk relief role lately -- five of his last seven outings have spanned multiple innings.
Underwood (1-1) was tagged with the loss in relief Wednesday against the Padres after allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a strikeout across one inning.
Underwood pitched the sixth inning but he did himself no favors by putting the first two men he faced on before recording an out. He limited the damage to two runs, yet that was more than enough for him to get tagged with his first loss of the campaign. Underwood owns a 3.94 ERA across 12 appearances, but the fact that he has given up two or more runs in two of his last three outings is somewhat concerning.
Underwood struck out the side in a perfect fourth inning during Thursday's 5-3 win over the Cubs.
Underwood holds a career 7.9 K/9 while working predominantly as a starter in the minors, but his pitches have played up as a reliever in the big leagues and he has a 11/1 K/9 in 37.1 MLB innings following Thursday's appearance. Pittsburgh currently envisions using Underwood as a multi-inning reliever. Acquired from the Cubs in early March, the 26-year-old could get a look as a starter if he continues to pitch well given the uncertainty in the Pirates' rotation.
Underwood was acquired by the Pirates from the Cubs on Sunday in exchange for prospect Shendrik Apostel.
The right-hander was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week and will get a fresh start in the NL Central with the Pirates. Underwood appeared in 17 games last season and had a 5.66 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 27:6 K:BB over 20.2 innings.
Underwood was designated for assignment by the Cubs on Tuesday, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Underwood is the roster casualty as the Cubs officially add recent signing Ryan Tepera to the roster. Underwood owns a 5.20 ERA in 36.1 career innings at the big-league level, but his 27:6 K:BB in 20.2 frames last year was quite strong, which could make him a fairly interesting option on the waiver wire.
Underwood is one of several players who will vie for an open rotation spot with the Cubs this spring, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs have parted ways with Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood this offseason. The team did acquire Zach Davies in the Darvish trade and decided to bring back Jake Arrieta, but there are still innings to fill behind staff ace Kyle Hendricks. Underwood has made 30 appearances for the Cubs the past three seasons but only one of them was a start, so he's likely more of a longshot rotation option at this point, but his status will likely become clearer during spring training.
Underwood is one of 22 pitchers in the Cubs' player pool working out at Wrigley Field for summer camp.
Underwood bounced between Triple-A and the majors in 2019, and he's now facing plenty of competition for playing time this season. The 25-year-old made 10 starts in the minors last year, so he could give the Cubs multiple innings out of the bullpen if he's called upon.
Underwood is a candidate for a bullpen spot with the Cubs when the regular season is able to begin, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Underwood is out of options, so Chicago would have to pass him through waivers if it wanted to move him to the minors. The 25-year-old could benefit from what will likely be an expanded roster when the season is able to start and work as a long reliever for the Cubs if they play a compacted schedule with regular doubleheaders.
Underwood was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
Underwood will join the Cubs for the stretch run after spending most of the season at Iowa and posting a 5.07 ERA and 1.54 WHIP over 81.2 innings. The 25-year-old allowed one run on three hits while recording seven strikeouts across 3.1 major-league frames.
The Cubs optioned Underwood to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
He was sent out to the farm to clear a spot on the active roster for closer Craig Kimbrel (knee), who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Underwood gave up one run and struck out seven over 3.1 innings across three appearances during his stint with Chicago, his first during the 2019 campaign.
Underwood pitched two perfect innings and struck out all six batters he faced in Tuesday's 11-4 loss to the Athletics.
Relieving an ineffective Jon Lester, Underwood did what he could to keep the Cubs afloat. This was the 25-year-old's first MLB appearance of the season after getting the call from Triple-A Iowa Monday, and following the dominant performance, he figures to stick in the bullpen for the time being.
Underwood was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Craig Kimbrel (knee) was sent to the injured list in a corresponding move, allowing Underwood to rejoin the Cubs just five days after his most recent demotion to the minors. Underwood has yet to log an appearance in the majors this season; he owns a 5.09 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 86:38 K:BB in 76 innings at Triple-A.
Underwood was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Underwood spent just one day with the Cubs and failed to make an appearance. He was sent back to the minors to free up a roster spot for David Phelps, who was acquired from Toronto on Tuesday in exchange for Thomas Hatch.
Underwood was recalled from Triple-A Iowa prior to Tuesday's game against the Cardinals, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Underwood's lone big-league appearance dates back to the 2018 campaign, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while fanning three over four innings. The Cubs placed Pedro Strop (neck) on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
The Cubs optioned Underwood to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Underwood was one of three pitchers optioned to the minors and 15 players dismissed from big-league camp as the Cubs pared down their spring roster with Opening Day less than two weeks away. The 2012 second-round pick received his first cup of coffee with the Cubs last season, tossing four innings of one-run ball in a June 26 spot start. He'll likely fill a spot in the Iowa rotation.
Underwood will start Saturday's Cactus League game against the Angels with Alec Mills scratched due to a back issue, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Underwood has thrown just a single inning in Cactus League action so far, but the 24-year-old will get a chance for some extended work Saturday. He made one start for the Cubs last season and will likely begin 2019 at Triple-A with a chance to move up if there are any injuries in the Cubs rotation.
Underwood was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Underwood was effective over four innings Monday in his major-league debut, but he was only needed for the lone spot start, so the Cubs decided to send him back to Iowa in order to continue starting every five days. He will garner consideration the next time the club needs to bring up an arm from the minor-league ranks.
Underwood (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts through four innings in a loss Monday against the Dodgers.
Underwood was making a spot start with Tyler Chatwood on paternity leave. He did his job, as he kept the Cubs in the ballgame, but it's unlikely that he will make another start. Expect the Cubs to make a decision on his roster status before Tuesday's game, but the 23-year-old will likely head back to Triple-A, where he owns a 4.27 ERA in 71.2 innings.
Underwood was officially recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start Monday against the Dodgers.
This is simply expected to be a spot start, as the Cubs will soon return to a five-man rotation when Tyler Chatwood returns from the paternity list and fifth starter Mike Montgomery will likely head to the bullpen when Yu Darvish (triceps) returns from the disabled list in a week or two, unless the Cubs go with a six-man rotation. Underwood has a 4.27 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 60:20 K:BB in 71.2 innings this year in the Pacific Coast League.
Underwood will start Monday against the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The Cubs will need an extra starter after Tyler Chatwood was unable to start Sunday with his wife in labor. Underwood will be called upon to make his major-league debut. He projects as a reliever long-term, with below-average command of a limited repertoire. He has a mediocre 4.27 ERA in 71.2 innings for Triple-A Iowa this season.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/15||@ WAS||L 1-8||2.0||3||2||1||3|
|06/10||vs LAD||L 3-6||1.1||3||1||2||1|
|06/08||vs LAD||L 3-5||2.0||0||0||0||0|
|06/04||vs MIA||W 9-2||1||2.0||2||0||1||4|
|05/31||@ KC||L 3-7||3.0||5||2||0||1|
|05/26||vs CHC||L 1-4||3.2||1||0||1||2|
|05/23||@ ATL||L 1-7||1.0||0||0||1||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFX-Kane County Cougars||100.2||22||21||0||6||4||0||84||36||85||2.52||1.208|
|2015||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||73.1||14||14||0||6||3||0||48||24||52||2.59||1.040|
|2016||AFX-South Bend Cubs||8.2||3||3||0||0||1||0||12||4||5||2.19||1.098|
|2016||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||4.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||2.14||0.714|