Cubs send down reliever, call up Felix Pena


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Charles LeClaire- USA TODAY Sports
Charles LeClaire- USA TODAY Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Felix Peña from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Seth Frankoff has been optioned to Triple-A.

Peña will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they continue their four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old Peña joins the Cubs for the third time this season, as he posted no record and a 3.38 ERA (3 ER/8.0 IP) in four relief outings during his previous big league stints earlier last month. He is 1-1 with four saves and an 8.31 ERA (16 ER/17.1 IP) in 13 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has struck out 18 batters in 17.1 innings. Peña made his big league debut with the Cubs last season and overall has no record and a 3.71 ERA (7 ER/17.0 IP) in 15 relief outings covering the last two seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Peña originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on March 9, 2009 out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is 30-40 with 11 saves and a 3.91 ERA (281 ER/646.0 IP) in 192 minor league appearances (78 starts) covering nine minor league seasons.

Frankoff, 28, made his major league debut yesterday against Colorado and allowed two runs on four hits and no walks, fanning two and taking the loss in Chicago’s 5-3 setback. Frankoff is 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA (17 ER/55.1 IP) in 11 appearances (nine starts) with Iowa this season.

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