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Chicago Cubs’ Ryan Tepera goes from combined no-no to IL

Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Ryan Tepera (18) throws a pitch during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Five days after he participated in the first combined no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history, right-hander Ryan Tepera was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday due to a left calf strain.

The Cubs also optioned right-hander Trevor Megill to Triple-A Iowa while left-hander Tommy Nance was recalled and left-hander Adam Morgan had his contract purchased. Infielder Matt Duffy (back) was moved to the 60-day IL to open a 40-man roster spot for Morgan.

Tepera, 33, is 0-2 with a 3.35 ERA in 37 appearances this season, but he had been particularly strong since the start of May. In 24 appearances from May 1 through Thursday, Tepera had a 0.68 ERA.

He capped that surge with a hitless inning Thursday, allowing a walk, as the Cubs used four pitchers to finish off a no-hitter against the Dodgers. Since that outing, Tepera gave up six combined runs in two appearances (one total inning), taking the loss in each game.

Megill, 27, did not give up a run over his first four career outings this season, but he was charged with six runs without recording an out on Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nance, 30, was 1-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 18 appearances for the Cubs earlier this season. He went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in three relief appearances for Iowa in 2021.

Morgan, 31, returns to the major leagues after pitching in each of the past six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 13-27 lifetime with a 4.84 ERA in 199 appearances (36 starts). Morgan went 0-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 15 relief outings for Iowa this year.

–Field Level Media