Looking to add pitching depth as the season approaches, the Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Blue Jays Wednesday. Chicago is the third organization to claim the 29 year-old since the conclusion of last season.
Moscoso appeared in 23 games for the Colorado Rockies last season, posting a 6.12 ERA in 50 innings of relief work. After coming up through the Detroit farm system, Colorado marked the third team for the right-hander in four seasons, including a duo of campaigns with Texas and a 2011 season with Oakland. As a starter for the Athletics, Moscoso went 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA.
Chicago is currently dealing with several injuries to arms, including Matt Garza, Scott Baker and Arodys Vizcaino. Garza and Baker are expected to make their return in mid-May, and Vizcaino is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, and could return after the All-Star Break. Injuries were a chief concern of the team last year, and led to the use of youngsters such as Chris Rusin, Justin Germano and Brooks Raley – who struggled at times against big league offenses.
To clear room on the 40-man roster, Chicago placed Vizcaino on the 60-day disabled list as he continues his rehab from surgery last year. Chicago opens the regular season on Monday at Pittsburgh, and will play their home opener at Wrigley on April 8 at 1:20 against Milwaukee.