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.
Underwood could start for the Cubs on Monday against the Reds, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic Chicago reports.
The Cubs may need a spot start after Tyler Chatwood missed his start Sunday with his wife in labor. Underwood would be a logical option as he'd be lined up to start that day and is already on the 40-man roster. He has a mediocre 4.27 ERA in 71.2 innings for Triple-A Iowa so far this season.
Underwood tossed seven innings of two-run ball for Triple-A Iowa in its 5-4 win over New Orleans on Monday. He gave up four hits and no walks and struck out three.
Underwood's poor walk rates have resulted in a slow, yet steady ascent through the Cubs' farm system, but the right-hander is beginning to show more mastery of his offerings. He's limited opponents to just 10 free passes in 52.2 innings (1.7 BB/9) and has yielded only two home runs. A lack of elite strikeout production dings Underwood's outlook in dynasty settings, but if his improved control and command proves sustainable, he could have a future as a back-end rotation arm for Chicago.
Underwood was assigned to Double-A Tennessee on Friday.
The Cubs were reportedly impressed by how Underwood looked physically this spring. He's been largely injured or ineffective in his professional career, but perhaps the 23-year-old can turn the corner this year if he maintains his shape.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Underwood is in better shape this spring and is more assertive on the mound, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Underwood, who was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft, has never really gotten going as a professional. Injuries limited him in 2015 and 2016, and he posted a mediocre 4.43 ERA and 1.30 WHIP with Double-A Tennessee last season. "His body is better, he's leaner," Maddon said. "When he came into camp this year, he had a different look about him. This is a guy with a high ceiling, and he hasn't realized it." The 23-year-old will likely head back to Double-A to begin the season, but he could advance to Triple-A at some point if he performs well.
Underwood was optioned to Double-A Tennessee on Monday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Underwood will head back to a level where he struggled at last year, posting a 4.91 ERA and missing significant time with an undisclosed injury before ending his year in High-A Myrtle Beach. The 22-year-old will look to work his way up through the Cubs' minor league ranks in 2017, although he remains a long way away from the majors.
Underwood was added to the Cubs' 40-man roster on Friday.
Underwood had a trying 2016 season, struggling at Double-A Tennessee to the tune of a 4.91 ERA and missing significant time with an undisclosed injury. He should be in line for a return to Tennessee after he ended 2016 at High-A Myrtle Beach, but likely remains a long way from the majors.
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|09/24||@ PIT||L 0-7||0||0||0||2.0||3||1||1||3|
|09/19||vs MIN||L 1-8||0||0||0||1.0||2||0||0||0|
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|09/06||vs STL||L 3-7||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|09/05||@ STL||L 1-5||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/03||@ PIT||L 2-6||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0|
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|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|