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Cubs RHP Marcus Stroman goes to IL, canceling Sunday start

Apr 26, 2022; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (0) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs placed right-hander Marcus Stroman on the injured list without a designation, preventing him from his scheduled start Sunday evening against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Left-hander Justin Steele will get the start for the Cubs on Sunday as they look to avoid a three-game sweep by the Dodgers.

Chicago also optioned first baseman Frank Schwindel to Triple-A Iowa, while right-hander Adrian Sampson had his contract purchased from Iowa.

Stroman (1-3, 5.13 ERA) allowed 13 earned runs over 13 1/3 innings while going 0-2 in his first three starts with Chicago, but he is 1-1 with 1.38 ERA in the past two. He signed a three-year, $71 million deal in the offseason.

The 31-year-old is 62-63 lifetime over 184 appearances (178 starts) in eight seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Mets and Cubs.

Steele, 26, is 1-3 with a 5.50 ERA in five starts with the Cubs this season. He is 5-7 over two seasons in Chicago with a 4.56 ERA.

Schwindel, 29, was batting .209 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 25 games with the Cubs this season. Sampson, who has not appeared in the major leagues this season, is 7-14 with a 5.16 ERA over four seasons and 51 appearances with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and Cubs.

–Field Level Media