Smokies announce roster moves

Tennessee Smokies logoRamirez joins Smokies on MLB rehab assignment

By Andrew Green

The Chicago Cubs announced right-hander Neil Ramirez assigned to their Double-A affiliate Tennessee Smokies roster.

Cubs right-handed reliever Neil Ramirez has joined the Smokies on a Major League Rehab Assignment as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. Prior to being placed on the Disabled List on April 16, the 26-year-old accumulated a 1-0 record and 3.00 ERA (1 ER in 3.0 IP) in five appearances with the Cubs this season, earning the win on April 12 at Colorado.

The righty ranked second among all rookie relievers in his debut year with the Cubs in 2014, overall posting a 3-3 record and 1.44 ERA (7 ER in 43.2 IP), adding 53 strikeouts in 50 appearances with Chicago.

Ramirez had a brief stint with the Smokies during the 2013 campaign, making one regular season start for the club on August 29 in Chattanooga, tossing 4.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball, walking two batters while striking out five.

The Virginia native was acquired by the Cubs off waivers from the Texas Rangers on August 23, 2013 to satisfy a Player To Be Named Later component of a July 22, 2013 trade that sent RHP Matt Garza to the Rangers.

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