Tseng was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
The soft-tossing righty gave up three earned runs on four hits (one home run) in two innings in his spot start Tuesday against the Marlins, so it is no surprise to see him headed back to the Iowa Cubs. He may be summoned for another spot start or two this season, or perhaps to serve as a long reliever, but is unlikely to gain relevancy in most fantasy formats.
Tseng pitched just two innings in Tuesday's start, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three against the Marlins.
Tseng was called up to make a spot start in place of Yu Darvish (illness), and was only given two frames despite sitting at a pitch count of just 39. There was no indication of any injury, but he didn't look sharp and yielded three runs in the first, leading to manager Joe Maddon's quick hook. Darvish would be eligible to return for Monday's tilt against the Braves, so it remains unclear if Tseng will make his next start with the big league club.
Tseng was called up from Triple-A Iowa and will start Tuesday against the Marlins, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Tseng pitched six innings for the Cubs last season, allowing five runs. He has a 8.04 ERA in 31.1 innings for Iowa so far this season, though he had a much better 1.80 ERA in nine starts at the same level in 2017. He projects as a back-end starter at best with no noteworthy pitches.
Tseng was scratched from his start with Triple-A Iowa on Monday, Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald reports.
Though this may normally signal an injury, it seems more likely that it is in response to Yu Darvish (illness) landing on the disabled list Monday. Tseng may be called up to the big leagues to fill the vacancy in the Cubs' rotation, though the official move likely won't be announced until Tuesday before the game. If he does in fact fill in for Darvish, he'll take on the Marlins at Wrigley Field.
Through six starts with Triple-A Iowa. Tseng is 0-4 with an 8.04 ERA and 1.85 WHIP.
The 23-year-old's first start of the year was solid, as he gave up just two earned runs over five innings of work, but it's been all downhill since then. In his last 26.1 innings, Tseng has allowed 26 earned runs, with opposing batters drawing 12 walks and blasting five home runs. Tseng had a strong 1.80 ERA across 55 innings with Iowa last season, though a 4.25 FIP suggested some regression was coming. The Cubs can afford to let the young righty work things out in the minors with no current openings in the MLB rotation.
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