Cubs bolster bullpen by recalling Rusin

Cubs bolster bullpen by recalling Rusin

CHICAGO -- The Cubs added a fresh arm to the bullpen on Wednesday, recalling lefty Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa. Blake Parker was optioned to Iowa to make room on the 25-man roster.

The Cubs were reportedly working on a deal involving infielder Emilio Bonifacio, which would have allowed them to keep Parker on the 25-man roster.

Rusin, 27, has spent the majority of the season with Iowa, going 7-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 19 starts, including a no-hitter on May 7 in New Orleans.

In two relief appearances with the Cubs this season, Rusin has given up six earned runs over 8 2/3 innings.

Parker, 29, has appeared in seven games, spanning four stints with the Cubs this season. He has spent the majority of the year with Iowa, posting a 1.29 ERA with a Pacific Coast League-leading 21 saves in 28 games.

Parker was one of eight pitchers, including backup catcher John Baker, to pitch on Tuesday in the Cubs' 16-inning game, a 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.