Cubs option Matt Mervis to Triple-A Iowa, recall Miles Mastrobuoni

Cubs option Matt Mervis to Triple-A Iowa, Remember Miles Mastrobuoni originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Ahead of the second game of a crucial three-game matchup at Wrigley Field against the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, the Chicago Cubs announced a pair of roster moves as the club’s offense continues to struggle.

The team announced that first baseman Matt Mervis has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa, with utility player Miles Mastrobuoni recalled in a corresponding roster move.

Mervis, 26, has spent time at the big league club over the past two seasons and has suffered massive problems in both spells so far.

After going 15-for-90 in 27 games with three home runs and 32 strikeouts in 2023, Mervis’ problems at the highest level seemed even more acute in 2024.

Mervis went just 3-for-26 in nine games with the Cubs this season, with one double, one walk and eight strikeouts.

This struggle hasn’t happened at all in Iowa, where Mervis has posted a monstrous 1.009 OPS, with 11 of his 19 hits in Triple-A this year going for extra bases.

As for Mastrobuoni, the 28-year-old utility man will get another chance with the big league club after going 0-for-12 with a walk through eight games with the club in his first stint this season.

While Mastrobuoni likely won’t help much in a run-heavy offense, his defensive versatility and speed give the Cubs some flexibility late in close games.

This season at Iowa, Mastrobuoni hit .231/.318/.436 with five doubles and one home run.

The Cubs will look to even the series against the rival Brewers on Saturday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:20 PM local time.

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