Raley returns, Rusin out but not for long

CHICAGO – The Cubs made it official before Saturday’s game, recalling Brooks Raley from Triple-A Iowa and optioning out Chris Rusin.

The Cubs had been manipulating the roster for a couple of weeks, prior to last weekend’s doubleheader at Cincinnati. Raley was sent down in advance of the makeup game at Cincinnati, then recalled for the doubleheader on a roster exemption and then sent back down.

The Cubs were essentially able to get extra relief help for the bullpen all while Raley never missed a start.

Rusin was solid in his major-league debut this week at Milwaukee, giving up just one hit over five innings. That one hit was an infield single that deflected off his foot.

But with rosters set to expand in a week, Rusin was sent back to Iowa where he could get one more start before returning.

“He can make the ball do a lot of things,” manager Dale Sveum said of Rusin. “He has a plus changeup, keeps the ball down and you’d like to see him in another environment where it isn’t his first start too where all the jitters are gone.

“He’ll admit that his command wasn’t the greatest (against the Brewers) but he battled back into counts and made the pitches and kept the ball on the ground when he had to. But he’s definitely a guy you want to see more of.”