Cubs recall rookie Justin Steele, DFA Brandon Workman

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In with the new: Cubs recall rookie Justin Steele originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Cubs have recalled rookie left-hander Justin Steele from the alternate site and designated veteran right-hander Brandon Workman for assignment, the team announced Thursday.

Workman struggled against the Braves in his last two outings, giving up a combined six runs, four earned, in 1 2/3 innings. His ERA rose to 6.75.

"When you have to make that type of move," Cubs manager David Ross said, "it's just a situation where he's not in a place to perform the way he, and we, want him to perform. And we need to make a move and get somebody up here that is pitching a little bit better and try to see what see what they can do."

The Cubs signed Workman to a low-risk $1 million deal in February with the hope that they could get him back on track after he posted a 5.95 ERA last season.

"That's the worst part of this job," Ross said of DFAing Workman, a pitcher Ross played with in Boston. "It's a friend, a teammate, someone that I have a ton of respect for and the way that he works and the effort that he gave us every time he came to work. Whether he was doing good or bad, he was the same guy and goes out there and competes to the best of his ability. So yeah, those conversations suck really hard."

Steele made his MLB debut earlier this month when the Cubs placed three relievers on the COVID-19 injured list – none tested positive for COVID-19.

In three appearances, Steele allowed just two hits. He has yet to give up a run.

On Wednesday, in a 10-0 blowout loss at Atlanta, the Cubs used three position players as late-inning relievers.  

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