CHICAGO — The Cubs could not afford to keep playing with a three-man bench in light of Anthony Rizzo’s ongoing battle with back tightness. Prior to Sunday’s game against the Nationals, Chicago recalled utility man David Bote from Triple-A Iowa to increase the available reinforcements.
In order to add Bote
CHICAGO — The Cubs could not afford to keep playing with a three-man bench in light of
In order to add Bote to the active roster, the Cubs placed left-handed reliever
Holland’s issue stems from a sixth-inning comebacker off the bat of San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford on Wednesday. The ball struck the reliever’s wrist and deflected into right field for a single. Including that outing, Holland has allowed three runs on four hits with two walks in 1 2/3 innings over his past two appearances for the Cubs.
Bote was optioned to Triple-A last Monday, but only appeared in three games for Iowa prior to being recalled. He was on the bench on Sunday, along with catcher Victor Caratini and infielder Tony Kemp. Ian Happ started at first base in Rizzo’s place.