Chris Rusin’s debut for the Cubs Tuesday night wasn’t exactly highly anticipated. I mean, we’ve seen the likes of Casey Coleman and Boo Radley earn call-ups before he did. But Rusin wasn’t too bad in his debut, pitching 5 innings of 1 hit 1 run ball.
“He was a little effectively wild, but got the job done for his first night,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He had some jitters and I don’t know how many times the first pitch a pitcher’s ever seen he hit a triple. Maybe a home run but I don’t know about a triple.”
Oh yeah, he hit a triple in his first MLB at bat. As Rusin was mostly a fill-in because of Saturday’s double header, he likely won’t continue in the rotation, at least for now. But he might stick around and hang out in the bullpen.
‘‘If they decide to keep me here, I’ll do my best every outing,’’ said Rusin, who called it a ‘‘bad night’’ because of the loss. ‘‘If not, I’ll do the same thing in Iowa. It’s whatever they think.’’
The likely story is that Rusin will be sent back down when Boo Radley makes his next start, then we’ll see him again in September.
In order to make room for new reliever Alex Hinshaw on the 40-man roster yesterday, Matt Garza was placed on the 60-day DL. That leaves him eligible to return from the DL with 8 games left in the season. Take it away, Dale Sveum:
‘‘He’s shut down for the rest of the season,’’ Cubs manager Dale Sveum said, making official what already looked inevitable.
Matt Garza, any thoughts?
‘‘If this is it, then I’m disappointed,’’ said Garza, who’s eligible to return with eight games left in the season, ‘‘because I want to finish it off. I like to be the guy to step out there every five days and be known for that. It’s a little hiccup, but I’ll come back even stronger and get better and learn a lot from what I have to deal with right now.’’
‘‘Maybe it’s just the Lord’s way of telling me I need a break,’’ said Garza, who hasn’t pitched since July 21, when the elbow forced him from a game after three innings. ‘‘Maybe it’s a good thing. So I’ll use it as a blessing and get my body in tip-top shape for next season.’’
It’s paid vacation! Enjoy it!