Wick was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a left oblique strain and could be done for the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The absence of Wick, who has a 3.12 ERA and four saves this season, is a significant one for a Chicago bullpen lacking in reliable arms. The Cubs activated Andrew Chafin (finger) from the 10-day IL in a corresponding move to fill Wick's roster spot. With Wick sidelined, Jeremy Jeffress should have a sturdier grip on the closer's role, and Craig Kimbrel will likely be in the mix for more saves as well.
Wick (0-1) allowed one run while giving up a hit and a walk over one inning in a 1-0 loss to the Brewers on Friday. He struck out one.
A Ryan Braun sacrifice fly made the difference in Friday's low-scoring affair. It was the first run Wick has allowed in his last seven appearances. Despite not recording a save since mid-August, Wick remains a high-leverage option out of the Cubs bullpen.
Wick (0-1) allowed a run on one hit and a walk to take the loss Friday against the Brewers.
Wick got the eighth inning in a 0-0 game and set the side down in order. However, he ran into trouble when he came back out for the ninth, allowing the first two batters to reach. That got Jeremy Jeffress into the game, and he allowed the lead runner to score on a sacrifice fly. Despite the loss, Wick has been pretty solid for the Cubs, as the righty owns a 3.52 ERA and 18:5 K:BB across 15.1 innings this season. He and Jeffress should continue to share the closer role.
Wick pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a non-save situation Monday, wrapping up a 5-1 win over the Cardinals.
The Cubs had dropped three straight games to St. Louis coming into Monday, so while Wick didn't pitch in a save situation, it was an important outing nonetheless. The 27-year-old reliever has been effective with a 3.38 ERA so far this season, though he seems to have taken a seat behind Jeremy Jeffress for 1A closing duties.
Wick pitched a scoreless eighth inning with two strikeouts to record a hold in Friday's 4-1 win over the Cardinals.
After Yu Darvish cruised through seven innings, Wick worked the eighth to earn his fourth hold of the season, and Jeremy Jeffress closed things out in the ninth. Jeffress now has five saves to lead the club, but Wick is right behind him with four saves of his own. The pair should continue to share the closer role to some degree, which caps their respective fantasy values, though both pitchers have performed well so far.
Wick earned the save against St. Louis on Tuesday, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and allowing one walk while striking out three.
Wick was called upon with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning with Chicago staked to a three-run lead. He struck out Andrew Knizner to close out the frame, then worked around a one-out walk in the ninth inning to notch the save. Wick has allowed only one run over eight frames this season while notching an 8:1 K:BB. He appears to be locked in to the closer role for the Cubs.
Wick allowed a run on two hits but was able to record the save in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Brewers.
Wick started the ninth inning by recording the first two outs in order, but he allowed Avisail Garcia to reach on a single. Garcia then advanced twice on defensive indifference and came home on a double by Justin Smoak. Wick was able to batten down from there and retire Omar Narvaez to end the game. The run was the first allowed this season by Wick, who has a 1.50 ERA and is 3-for-3 in save opportunities.
Wick pitched 1.1 scoreless innings to earn the save in Monday's 2-0 win over the Royals.
This is the second save for Wick in the last three days, and while the team hasn't formally announced a change at closer, it appears manager David Ross is willing to try some alternatives to Craig Kimbrel, who has a 27.00 ERA through two appearances in 2020 and struggled most of last season. Both Wick and Jeremy Jeffress have picked up saves in the early going, and the duo figures to stay active late in games for the Cubs.
Wick earned a two-out save in Saturday's win over the Pirates.
Wick entered the game in the ninth inning after Kyle Ryan allowed three runs on three hits in one-third of an inning, and he got the job done despite issuing a walk. This was Wick's first save of the season and, while Craig Kimbrel is expected to remain the closer for the time being, Wick should continue to hold a steady role in the bullpen for the foreseeable future.
Wick is a virtual lock to be a part of the Cubs' bullpen whenever the 2020 season is able to begin, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wick started the 2019 season in the minors and spent about half of the year there, but he was great when he got a chance in the majors, posting a 2.43 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 35 strikeouts across 33.1 innings. That performance solidified the 27-year-old's role heading into 2020, and he should operate as a high-leverage option who could displace Craig Kimbrel as the team's closer if the latter's struggles continue this season.
Wick pitched the ninth inning in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Padres, allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Wick came on in a non-save situation, though it is telling that the Cubs turned to the righty to close out a fairly close game as they battle for a playoff spot. While the 26-year-old allowed a run in this one, he still owns a strong 2.79 ERA for the season, and he could get save opportunities with Craig Kimbrel (elbow) on the injured list.
Wick could get save opportunities after Craig Kimbrel was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with right elbow inflammation.
Manager Joe Maddon did not name a replacement for Kimbrel in the ninth, telling Jordan Bastian of MLB.com that the Cubs will mix and match in the later innings rather than go with one set closer. Wick has gotten the last two chances when Kimbrel was unavailable; Wick got his first career save Aug. 17 before Kimbrel returned from a knee injury, and his second Aug. 22 after Kimbrel had pitched three of the last four days. He seems like the top right-handed candidate over veterans Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop and Brandon Kintzler. Kyle Ryan, Brad Wieck or Derek Holland could get the opportunity when the matchups call for a lefty.
Wick recorded the final two outs of Thursday's win over the Giants for his second save of the season. He struck out one batter.
Craig Kimbrel was unavailable after pitching back-to-back days and three of the last four, so manager Joe Maddon turned to Wick for the save chance, as he did Aug. 17 before Kimbrel's return from the injured list. Wick only made one big-league appearance before June 21, but he's carved out a key role in the Cubs' bullpen by posting a 1.46 ERA and 16:3 K:BB in 12.1 innings since the All-Star break. The underlying numbers support what he's done for the most part, and with his recent usage, Wick has seemingly leapfrogged Pedro Strop and Steve Cishek in the pecking order.
Wick pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his first major-league save in a 2-0 victory over the Pirates on Saturday.
The Cubs turned to Wick after Tyler Chatwood walked the first batter of the frame, and he was impressive, going through Friday night's hero (Kevin Newman) and batting title contender (Bryan Reynolds) to retire the side. With the Cubs bullpen dealing with multiple injuries, don't rule out Wick seeing more save opportunities. He owns a 2.55 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 20 strikeouts in 17.2 innings across 16 appearances this season.
Wick was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Monday.
Wick struggled in his last major-league outing, surrendering three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over two innings July 1 against the Pirates. However, he's set to get another shot out of Chicago's bullpen. Carl Edwards Jr. was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Wick was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wick spent just three days in the big leagues, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over 3.1 total innings of work. Randy Rosario was recalled from Triple-A and Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) was activated from the injured list in corresponding moves.
Wick was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wick was sent back to the minors last weekend, but he will be allowed to return before the minimum 10 days because he will take the roster spot of Cole Hamels (oblique), who landed on the injured list in a corresponding move. Wick figures to be used in low-leverage spots like he was in his previous two stints with the big club.
Wick was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
Wick rejoined the Cubs last weekend and allowed one unearned run on two hits with a 5:2 K:BB over 2.2 innings during his week-long stint in the majors. Tony Barnette (shoulder) was activated off the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Wick was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wick allowed a run in one inning of work in his only big-league appearance of the season back in late May. He owns a strong 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings of relief for Iowa. Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) landed on the injured list in a corresponding move.
Wick was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Wick made his major-league debut Thursday and allowed one run on two hits over one inning. The 26-year-old returns to Iowa in favor of a fresh bullpen arm in James Norwood.
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|2016||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||24.2||23||0||0||2||0||6||37||6||16||1.12||0.909|
|2018||AAX-San Antonio Missions||31.1||29||0||0||2||4||5||42||21||22||3.18||1.383|
|2018||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||22.2||20||0||0||2||0||9||22||10||16||2.03||1.171|