After trading away damn near everyone, the Cubs had to make some moves just to have enough warm bodies to play the weekend series in DC. Easily the most exciting of these was the promotion of flame-throwing reliever Manny Rodriguez. Blessed with elite velo and 80-grade thicc-ness, the stout righty should factor in the bullpen plans even beyond this barren period.
Cubs roster moves:
-RHP Manny Rodriguez recalled
-OF Johneshwy Fargas recalled
-INF Frank Schwindel recalled
-RHP Michael Rucker selected
-OF/IF Andrew Romine selected
-RHP Jake Arrieta reinstated from 10-day IL
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) July 30, 2021
Among the other transactions were the promotions of recently acquired Johneshwy Fargas and Frank Schwindel, along with the selection of Andrew Romine and the activation of Jake Arrieta from the IL. Arrieta will start Friday in what has all the look and feel of a split-squad game.