Chicago Cubs News: Keegan Thompson gets another chance in the Majors

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With news on Thursday that the Chicago Cubs demoted Jose Cuas, there was a roster move needed before the team opened their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

The expectation was that it would be Hayden Wesneski or Keegan Thompson as the corresponding move to replace Cuas in the bullpen as both pitchers have experience in the Major League bullpen and are on the Cubs' 40-man roster.

During his regular hit with "The Parkins and Spiegel Show" on 670 The Score, Cubs' manager Craig Counsell revealed that Thompson will be getting the promotion back to the Major League level.

Keegan Thompson is getting another chance to become a mainstay in the Chicago Cubs' bullpen.

After splitting time in the starting rotation and bullpen during the 2022 season, Thompson entered the 2023 season with the idea of serving as the ace of the Cubs' bullpen. A dip in velocity and command issues led to Thompson quickly getting demoted to Triple-A Iowa where he spent the remainder of the season outside of a brief return to the Major League level in September.

Thompson is getting the promotion back to the Major League level after having three consecutive scoreless outings out of the I-Cubs' bullpen. Considering how taxed the Cubs' bullpen has been over the course of the past week, Thompson has an opportunity to have an important role on the pitching staff given his ability to pitch multiple innings per appearance.

Despite speculation surrounding Thompson and his future with the Cubs' organization, the fact he has remained on the team's 40-man roster is a sign that the team is still confident the 29-year-old pitcher can regain the form he had in 2022.

Thompson once again becoming a high-leverage option out of the Cubs' bullpen would be an excellent development for the team's 2024 season.