Cubs add Jacob Turner, activate Neil Ramirez

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today added right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner to the 25-man roster and activated right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez from the 15-day disabled list. Left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 9) with right shoulder inflammation.

Both Ramirez and Turner, who will wear uniform number 38, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon in their series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Wrigley Field.

Turner, 23, was acquired from the Miami Marlins on Friday for a pair of minor league pitchers. He was originally selected by the Detroit Tigers in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2009 Draft and was the centerpiece of the July 23, 2012 five-player trade that sent pitcher Anibal Sanchez to Detroit. 

After starting 2013 at Triple-A New Orleans, Turner joined the Marlins at the end of May and went 3-8 despite a 3.74 ERA (49 ER/118.0 IP) in 20 major league starts. Turner has split the 2014 campaign between Miami's rotation and bullpen, going 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA (52 ER/78.1 IP) in 20 appearances, 12 as a starter.

Turner made his big league debut for Detroit with a brief three-start stint as a 20-year-old in 2011 and entered 2012 ranked as Detroit's number one prospect by Baseball America. Upon joining the Marlins organization in July, Turner made two starts for Triple-A New Orleans before earning a promotion to the Marlins, for whom he went 1-4 despite a 3.38 ERA (16 ER/42.2 IP) in seven starts. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Turner is 9-21 with a 4.77 ERA (140 ER/264.0 IP) in 53 career major league appearances (45 starts) covering four seasons with Detroit (2011-12) and Miami (2012-14).

Ramirez, 25, is 1-1 with three saves and a 0.96 ERA (3 ER/28.0 IP) in 33 relief outings for the Cubs this season. He made two relief appearances in Mesa as part of his rehab assignment, posting no record and a 6.75 ERA (1 ER/1.1 IP).


Rusin, 27, has no record and a 7.11 ERA (10 ER/12.2 IP) in four relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He is 7-11 with a 3.76 ERA (51 ER/122.0 IP) in 19 starts with Iowa.


Schlitter, 28, is 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA (19 ER/49.1 IP) in 53 relief appearances for the Cubs this season.