Steele (1-0) earned the win in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, walking one and fanning two.
Steele was coming off a woeful outing in which he allowed three runs (and two homers) in just one inning at Cincinnati on May 2, but he bounced back quickly and recorded his first win of the season while shutting down the Dodgers in style. He tossed 11 of his 18 pitches for strikes, and while this was an encouraging performance, Steele is expected to remain in a low-leverage role with the Cubs at least on a short-term basis.
The Cubs recalled Steele from their alternate training site Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.
He'll join the bullpen as a replacement for Brandon Workman, who was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. The 25-year-old lefty will likely work primarily in lower-leverage spots while he's up with the Cubs.
Steele was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Saturday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.
Steele joined the major-league bullpen Monday after three pitchers were placed on the COVID-19 injured list. The southpaw allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four in 3.1 innings across three relief appearances in the big leagues. He'll return to the team's alternate site after Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler were reinstated from the COVID-19 IL on Saturday, but Steele could be a candidate to serve as bullpen depth later in the season.
Steele was recalled by the Cubs on Monday.
Steele is one of three relievers who joined the bullpen Monday, with three other pitchers heading to the COVID-19 injured list. The 25-year-old lefty has yet to throw an inning above Double-A, so he'll likely be limited to lower-leverage innings during his time with the team.
Steele was optioned to Triple-A by the Cubs on Friday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
The 25-year-old was in the mix for a rotation spot but was never a likely bet to make the Opening Day roster since he's never pitched above Double-A. Steele spent last season at the alternate training site and had a 5.59 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 42:20 K:BB over 38.2 innings at Double-A in 2019.
Steele is among a handful of players vying for an open rotation spot with the Cubs this spring, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
The Cubs have plenty of innings to fill after parting ways with Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana and Tyler Chatwood this offseason, and Steele is ostensibly an option to start. However, the 25-year-old has never appeared above the Double-A level, and he only got to participate at the Cubs' alternate training site last season. Steele will likely begin the 2021 season in the minors, though he could get a shot in the majors at some point if he performs well.
The Cubs optioned Steele to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Steele was one of two Cubs relievers sent down to the alternate site while the team reduced its active roster from 30 to 28 men, with Rex Brothers set to join him in South Bend. The Cubs didn't use Steele out of the bullpen after he was called up Sunday.
Steele will be recalled from the alternate training site before Sunday's game against the Pirates, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old struggled in 11 starts (38.2 innings) at Double-A Tennessee with a 5.59 ERA and 1.70 WHIP last season, but he'll now join the Cubs to potentially make his major-league debut. Steele is likely to be utilized in a low-leverage role.
The Cubs optioned Steele to Double-A Tennessee on Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Steele has only made two starts above the High-A level, but the Cubs saw enough potential in the 23-year-old lefty to protect him from the Rule 5 draft this winter. He'll likely stick in the Tennessee rotation for the majority of the season, though a midseason callup to Triple-A Iowa is a possibility if he performs well early on.
Steele was added to the 40-man roster by the Cubs on Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Steele was granted Rule 5 draft protection after seeing limited time on the mound in 2018. He managed to come back from Tommy John surgery and could begin the 2019 campaign at Double-A Tennessee.
Steele, who had Tommy John surgery in August, will begin the year on the disabled list with High-A Myrtle Beach and could miss the entire 2018 season, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
Steele played reasonably well at the High-A level last season before the surgery, finishing with a 2.92 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 98.2 innings. The 22-year-old could have advanced up the organizational ranks this season, but the injury will likely keep him grounded in 2018.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/04||vs LAD||W 4-3||1||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|05/02||@ CIN||L 12-13||1.0||3||3||0||1|
|04/30||@ CIN||L 6-8||2.0||1||0||0||5|
|04/16||vs ATL||L 2-5||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|04/14||@ MIL||L 0-7||1.0||1||0||0||2|
|04/12||@ MIL||L 3-6||1.1||1||0||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2016||AFX-South Bend Cubs||77.1||19||19||0||5||7||0||76||39||93||5.02||1.712|
|2017||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||98.2||20||20||0||6||7||0||82||36||100||2.93||1.385|
|2018||ROK-AZL Cubs 1||18.1||5||5||0||0||0||0||27||4||9||1.49||0.718|
|2018||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||18.1||4||4||0||2||1||0||19||6||12||2.49||0.995|