Ahead of this afternoon’s game against the Cardinals, the Cubs reinstated the reliever Ryan tepera from the 10-day injured list. Companion of the enclosure Brad Wieck was placed on 10-day IL, retroactive to July 7, with an irregular heartbeat. In addition, the Cubs recalled left-handed Kyle ryan Triple-A Iowa and optional right-hander Cory abbott.
Tepera landed on IL due to calf strain in late April, interrupting what has been a quality season. The veteran right-hander worked with a 3.35 / 3.32 SIERA ERA in 37 2/3 innings, holding fourteen leads as a high-leverage option for manager David Ross. Tepera has supported this strong race prevention with quality peripherals. He hit 28.3% of above average hitters while walking just 8.3% and inducing ground balls at a decent 47.7% clip.
This is the second consecutive season of solid work for Tepera, who joined the Cubs in 2020 after five years with the Blue Jays. Since signing with Chicago, he’s thrown 58 1/3 of 3.55 ERA balls with a massive strikeout percentage of 30.8%. Even more impressive, Tepera has racked up swings and missed 17.4% of his throws over the past two seasons. It’s the eighth swing rate among the 282 pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched (behind only Jacob of Grom, Raisel Iglesias, Devin williams, Josh hader, Liam Hendriks, Edwin diaz and Trevor May).
This type of missing capacity is sure to attract the interest of competitors in need. The Cubs now look like expired sellers after two horrendous weeks of play. Tepera has a modest $ 800,000 guarantee and is expected to reach free agency by the end of the year. Few lifters in the commerce market can match this combination of productivity and affordability, and its long-term lack of control means it is likely to find itself on the move in the weeks to come.
It stands to reason that suitors would find out about Wieck if he was also in good health. He hasn’t scored 17 innings this year while hitting batters with a whopping 39.4% clip. Wieck was inclined to walk (14.1%) but it was still a big effort.
The Cubs have not provided a timeline for his return, but the diagnosis of an abnormal heartbeat is of particular concern given Wieck’s personal history. The left-hander underwent cardiac ablation in February 2020 after a routine physical exam revealed atrial flutter. Given the sensitivity of the diagnosis, Wieck’s personal health is obviously paramount to any concerns in the field. Fortunately, he returned from his surgery to return to the mound last year (before suffering an unrelated hamstring injury).