Jon Lester is officially off the injured list, returning to start against the Dodgers today, as the Cubs will try to sweep LA. Lester was sidelined for a couple weeks after tweaking his hamstring against the Pirates on April 8.
To make room on the 25-man roster, the Cubs sent left-handed reliever Tim Collins to Triple-A Iowa.
Collins appeared in four games for the Cubs since he was called up earlier this month. The lefty pitched in 3.1 innings and gave up only one run on five hits and two walks. So, he was working through a lot of base runners.
The Cubs still have two lefties in the bullpen with Kyle Ryan and Randy Rosario. Ryan has six straight scoreless outings, since he was charged with two runs in his Cubs debut against the Brewers. Rosario has been shaky to start 2019 and was sent down to Iowa. He’s back for now, but it looks like he could be the odd man out after Mike Montgomery returns from his rehab assignment.
As for Lester’s start against the Dodgers, he’s only expected to go 75-80 pitches. Tyler Chatwood could come in after Lester reaches his pitch limit.
Lester has pitched 14 innings this season, recording a 2.57 ERA.