Cubs News: Team opens the week with a flurry of roster moves

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Following a rough outing on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers at home, the Cubs made a plethora of roster moves to open the week.

One of these moves was putting catcher Austin Romine on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist sprain. This was Romine’s second time hitting the IL in 2021. After missing a majority of spring training with a knee injury, the veteran returned to the active roster for a 12-day stint. Unfortunately, now he is suffering from another injury that will force him to miss even more time. During his 12 days with the team, Romine went 1-for-9 at the dish across six games.

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In a corresponding move, the Cubs selected the contract of backstop Tony Wolters. Wolters, 28, appeared in three games, one of which he started for the Cubs in 2021.

Appearing in Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves, Wolters walked and scored one run. To make room for Wolters on the 40-man roster, right-hander Jonathan Holder was transferred to the 60- day IL.

Holder, 27, has been throwing bullpen sessions at the South Bend training site since the beginning of the 2021 season while recovering from a right shoulder strain. He will be sidelined until at least June since he was moved to the 60-day IL, and the timetable for his return is currently unknown.

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A notable move the North Siders made was optioning right-hander Jason Adam. Adam, 29, had thrown decently over his first seven outings of the 2021 season. However, Sunday’s outing did not go as planned. This season, Adam allowed just two runs and four walks in 6 2/3 innings of work before Sunday. But facing Milwaukee, he allowed five earned runs and was unable to get an out. He gave up three hits, two walks and a hit by a pitch as the Brewers scored five late runs to take the rubber match by a 6-0 final.

On Monday, we also got our first look at Trevor Megill, who has joined the big league roster, as well. Megill, 27, pitched in nine Cactus League games this spring, posting a 4.32 ERA. He walked two and struck out twelve in 8 2/3 innings of work.

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In order to make room for Megill on the 40-man, Rowan Wick was transferred to the 60- day IL. Wick, 28, has been sidelined with an oblique injury since September of last year. Since his injury was evident during spring training, he began a throwing program but has yet to appear in a game. The Cubs are exercising caution with Wick’s injury, and there is no timetable for his return.