Cubs add Guerrier, Strop to 25-man roster

OAKLAND -- The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitchers Matt Guerrier and Pedro Strop to the 25-man roster. To make room for both, right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp has been designated for assignment and left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin has been optioned to Triple-A.

Both Guerrier, who will wear uniform number 51, and Strop, who will wear uniform number 46, will be available for the Cubs tonight in Oakland.

Guerrier, 34, was acquired yesterday from the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol. Guerrier has gone 25-33 with 112 holds, six saves and a 3.54 ERA (229 ER/582.1 IP) in 513 major league appearances, all but three in relief, in all or part of 10 major league seasons with the Minnesota Twins (2004-10) and Dodgers (2011-13). He went 2-3 with three holds and a 4.80 ERA (16 ER/30.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Los Angeles this season before being designated for assignment on Sunday.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Guerrier broke into the majors with the Twins in 2004 and had a breakout campaign in 2007 when he went 2-4 with 14 holds and a 2.35 ERA (23 ER/88.0 IP) in 73 appearances. In 2009, he set career bests with 79 appearances and 33 holds, tied for most in the majors, while going 5-1 with a 2.36 ERA (20 ER/76.1 IP). Guerrier signed a three-year contract with the Dodgers prior to the 2011 season. He posted a 3.86 ERA (6 ER/14.0 IP) last season while limited to 16 outings due to right elbow tendinitis.

Strop, 28, was acquired by the Cubs yesterday as part of the trade that sent right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman to Baltimore. Last season, Strop served as one of Baltimore's primary set-up men, going 5-2 with three saves, 24 holds and a 2.44 ERA (18 ER/66.1 IP) in 70 relief appearances, all single-season career bests. He tied for seventh in the American League in holds and limited opponents to a .283 slugging percentage, the sixth-lowest mark in the majors among pitchers who made at least 70 appearances.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Strop is 7-6 with three saves and a 4.14 ERA (59 ER/128.1 IP) in 144 major league relief appearances with Texas (2009-11) and Baltimore (2011-13). He missed time on the disabled list this year due to a lower back strain and has gone 0-3 with a 7.25 ERA (18 ER/22.1 IP) in 29 relief outings with Baltimore.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Strop made his major league debut with the Rangers in 2009 and split three seasons between the majors and minors before being traded to Baltimore near the end of the 2011 campaign. He combined to go 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA (5 ER/22.0 IP) in 23 relief appearances that season between Texas and Baltimore before his breakout campaign in 2012.  

Camp, 37, went 1-1 with a 7.04 ERA (18 ER/23.0 IP) in 26 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He joined the Cubs in late March of 2012 and went 3-6 with two saves and a 3.59 ERA (31 ER/77.2 IP) in 80 appearances last season.

Rusin, 26, was recalled yesterday to start for the Cubs in Oakland. He recorded a no-decision in Chicago's 8-7 setback after allowing three runs in 3.1 innings, walking none and striking out two. He is 7-7 with a 3.27 ERA (40 ER/110.0 IP) in 17 appearances (16 starts) with Iowa this season.