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Cubs recall left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa


PHOENIX - The Chicago Cubs today recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa. Rusin will be the starting pitcher for the Cubs tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Rusin, 26, joins the Cubs for the second time this season. He made a spot start for the club on July 2 in Oakland, recording a no-decision after allowing three runs on six hits in 3.1 innings, striking out two and walking none.

The 2013 Pacific Coast League All-Star is 8-7 with a 3.35 ERA (45 ER/121.0 IP) in 19 appearances (18 starts) this season with Iowa. He has limited opponents to a .248 batting average. Rusin has walked only 27 batters in 121.0 innings, good for an average of just 2.0 walks per nine innings.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Rusin made his big league debut with the Cubs last season, going 2-3 with a 6.37 ERA (21 ER/29.2 IP) in seven starts. He allowed two earned runs or less in four of his outings. Rusin spent the majority of the 2012 season with Iowa, his first full season at Triple-A, and went 8-9 with a 4.55 ERA (71 ER/140.1 IP) in 25 starts. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft out of the University of Kentucky.

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