Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada will join the Chicago Cubs as the team’s 26th-man on the roster for Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Reds in Cincinnati.
The 33-year-old Japanese southpaw has been impressive thus far for Triple-A Iowa, going 9-5 with a 2.66 ERA in 16 starts for the Cubs this season. Overall, compared to his time in the Baltimore Orioles’ system, his strikeouts are up, his walks are down and he has been the anchor for the young Iowa rotation so far this season.
He will join two of his former Iowa teammates, Dallas Beeler and Kyle Hendricks, both of whom were called up to fill the voids left in the Cubs’ starting rotation following the trade of Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija over the weekend. Beeler made his big league debut earlier this season with Chicago, leaving an impressive mark on the club.
Beeler made his Major League debut at Wrigley Field on June 28 against the Nationals, and gave up one unearned run on four hits over six innings. Hendricks, acquired from the Rangers in the 2012 Ryan Dempster trade, was 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 17 starts at Iowa. Thursday will be his Major League debut.