Cubs call up Cory Abbott from Triple-A Iowa, option Brad Wieck

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With bullpen taxed vs. Giants, Cubs promote RHP Abbott originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Following consecutive short outings from the starting rotation, the Cubs called up pitching prospect Cory Abbott from Triple-A on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the club optioned Brad Wieck to Iowa.

The Cubs bullpen has been taxed the past two games in San Francisco following short outings from starters Zach Davies (4 1/3 innings) and Jake Arrieta (2 innings). Abbott is stretched out and can provide multiple innings in relief.

"With the situation we've been through, some short outings from the starters, we needed some length down there and some protection on the backside," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Cory gives us that."

Abbott, 25, is the Cubs No. 15 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. The 2017 second-round pick reached Triple-A this season after spending 2019 with Double-A Tennessee.

The right-hander is coming off a strong start with Iowa last week in which he struck out 13 batters in six innings.

"I’ve heard nothing but good things about his performances of late," Ross said.

Wieck has pitched well in three stints with the Cubs this season (eight innings, no runs).

After years of failing to develop pitching, Abbott is the Cubs latest homegrown arm to make it to the big leagues this season, following Justin Steele, Keegan Thompson and Tommy Nance.

The Cubs also added organizational pitching depth Saturday, claiming righty Dakota Chalmers, 24, off waivers from the Twins.

The Cubs optioned him to Double-A, the same level he was pitching at with Minnesota.

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