Cubs recall Rusin, option Schlitter

ST. LOUIS -- The Chicago Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa while optioning righty Brian Schlitter to Iowa.

Rusin, 27, has appeared in 20 games for the Cubs over the last two seasons, all as a starter. He’ll initially pitch in relief as the Cubs have played three extra-inning games so far and seven of 10 have been decided by two runs or less. They’re in need of a long reliever as Carlos Villanueva is in the starting rotation until Jake Arrieta returns from shoulder problems.

Rusin is 4-9 with a 4.69 ERA over two seasons. Schiltter, 28, was a surprise addition to the roster out of spring training but isn’t suited for long relief. He had a 6.35 ERA in six appearances this season.