By Andrew Green
The Chicago Cubs announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies roster. Cubs left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup has joined the Smokies on a Major League rehab assignment as he recovers from left shoulder inflammation. Prior to his injury, the 27-year-old compiled a 2-1 record and 4.30 ERA (11 ER in 23.0 IP), adding 25 strikeouts in 26 appearances with the Cubs.
The southpaw has pitched in parts of each of the last three seasons with Chicago, tallying a 3-1 clip and 5.44 ERA (26 ER in 43.0 IP) along with 13 games finished and 53 punch outs since making his Major League debut on September 3, 2013. The Oregon native has previously pitched for the Smokies during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns, combining for a 2-2 mark and 3.29 ERA (24 ER in 65.2 IP) in 48 outings, adding 95 strikeouts.
The lefty was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 28th round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Chemeketa Community College in Oregon. Rosscup would later be acquired by the Cubs in a January 9, 2011 trade from Tampa along with pitcher Matt Garza and outfielder Fernando Perez in exchange for four Smokies alums in pitcher Chris Archer, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielders Sam Fuld and Brandon Guyer, along with infielder Hak-Ju Lee.
Rosscup becomes the seventh Cubs player to join the Smokies on a Major League rehab assignment this season.