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Cubs Designate Young Reliever for Assignment After Rough Weekend Outing

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Chicago Cubs designated young reliever Sean Newcomb for assignment after a rough weekend outing.
The Chicago Cubs designated young reliever Sean Newcomb for assignment after a rough weekend outing. / Sam Greene/The Enquirer / USA TODAY

The Chicago Cubs had a weekend to forget, getting swept at the hands of the New York Yankees thanks to an alarming 28-5 run differential.

Most of the Cubs pitching staff struggled to put together consistent performances, especially during Sunday's 18-4 blowout. Sean Newcomb, in particular, had a troubling outing that resulted in an unfortunate outcome for his future with the franchise.

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The Cubs announced on Monday they designated Newcomb for assignment after this disastrous weekend. The former Atlanta Brave allowed six hits and five earned runs in just 1.0 inning of work on Sunday. This was just his fourth outing with the team since Chicago traded for him.

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Newcomb hasn't strung any sort of success together in his short Cubs career. The 29-year-old lefty owns a putrid 16.62 ERA in 4.1 innings, allowing nine hits, eight earned runs and 1 long ball.

It's a bit of a fall from grace for Newcomb, who once appeared to hold a promising future with the Braves. The 6-foot-5 lefty recorded a 3.68 ERA across 2018-19, tossing 232.1 innings including 34 starts.

In a corresponding move, the Cubs selected Eric Stout from Triple-A Iowa. Stout has not pitched at the big league level since 2018.

Chicago looks to get back on track on Monday against the San Diego Padres. FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds show the Cubs as +114 moneyline underdogs.

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