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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Makes 2024 Triple-A debut

    Roberts (elbow) was reinstated from Triple-A Iowa's 7-day injured list Friday and debuted for the club Sunday, striking out one over a perfect inning of relief.

    Roberts, who re-signed with the Cubs on a minor-league deal in December, missed the entire 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in July 2022. Though he was expected to be fully cleared in advance of spring training, Roberts opened the season on the 7-day injured list, though it's unclear if he was deactivated due to complications with his surgically repaired elbow or because of another issue. Whatever the case, Roberts was cleared to make his 2024 debut at the Triple-A level over the weekend after he made rehab appearances for the Cubs' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate as well as Double-A Tennessee.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Re-signed to minors deal

    Roberts (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Saturday.

    Roberts was non-tendered by the Cubs last month but is now back in the fold as organizational relief depth. The 26-year-old right-hander did not pitch in 2023 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, though he is expected to be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training in 2024.

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  • Ethan Roberts: Cut loose by Cubs

    Roberts (elbow) was non-tendered by the Cubs on Friday.

    Roberts underwent Tommy John surgery in July of 2022 and did not pitch at any level in 2023, though he's expected to be fully recovered by the beginning of spring training in 2024. The 26-year-old right-hander should get a fresh start with a new organization.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Full go heading into offseason

    Roberts (elbow) is expected to have a normal throwing progression this offseason, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Robert missed the entirety of the 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he's now more than 15 months removed from the operation and will head into the winter with no restrictions. The 26-year-old reliever has the upside to be used in high-leverage spots for the Cubs in 2024 but will have to show he's healthy and that he has his stuff is back first.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Cleared to face hitters

    Roberts (elbow) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session Tuesday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Roberts has finally received the green light to face hitters for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery July 13 of last year. He'll likely throw multiple live batting practice sessions before eventually heading out on an extended rehab assignment that will likely last close to the maximum 30 days. Barring any setbacks, Roberts still has a chance to make his return from the 60-day injured list before season's end, though the Cubs will most likely option him to Triple-A Iowa once he's activated.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Ready for bullpen work

    Roberts (elbow) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Roberts, who is working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he underwent July 13, 2022, recently finished up a "de-load" period of his throwing program in which he was limited to throwing off flat ground, according to MLB.com. The right-hander will start up the ramp-up process Tuesday with a side session, and he should gradually increase the frequency and intensity of his bullpen work over the next few weeks before progressing to facing hitters. Roberts still has a chance to pitch in games in 2023, though any appearances he makes will likely come in the minors rather than with the Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Closing in on mound work

    Roberts (elbow) progressed to throwing off flat ground from 105 feet before the end of spring training, MLB.com reports.

    The Cubs haven't provided any recent updates on Roberts within the past month, but unless he's suffered an unreported setback in his recovery from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last July, he's presumably increased his throwing distance off flat ground over the last few weeks and could soon be ready to resume mound work. Given the timing of his elbow procedure, Roberts may face an uphill battle to get back in a minor-league rehab game before the end of the season, but he should be fully cleared ahead of next year's spring training.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Placed on 60-day IL

    Roberts (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list by the Cubs on Friday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    This clears a spot on the 40-man roster, which needed an opening after the Cubs signed Edwin Rios on Friday to a one-year deal. Roberts is going to miss the overwhelming majority of 2023 as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, and there's a decent chance he won't be able to pitch this season.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Begins throwing program

    Roberts (elbow) has started a throwing program, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Roberts posted a video of him throwing at the Cubs' spring training complex in Mesa. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery in July, and he's expected to miss most -- if not all -- of the 2023 season while recovering.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Undergoes successful surgery

    Roberts (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Roberts sustained his right elbow injury during a rehab appearance at Triple-A Iowa in late June and will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2022 season and most or all of the 2023 campaign following Wednesday's procedure. The 25-year-old made his major-league debut in 2022 and posted an 8.22 ERA and 2.09 WHIP in 7.2 innings over nine relief appearances.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Requires Tommy John surgery

    Roberts (shoulder) will require season-ending Tommy John surgery after sustaining a right elbow injury during his rehab appearance Sunday at Triple-A Iowa, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Roberts had been on the injured list since the beginning of May due to right shoulder inflammation, but he finally appeared to have put the injury behind him when the Cubs cleared him to go on the rehab assignment last weekend. Ultimately, Roberts faced only one hitter at Iowa before succumbing to a more serious injury that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the 2022 season and most, if not all, of the 2023 campaign. The Cubs haven't yet scheduled Roberts' surgery, but he'll presumably go under the knife within the next week or two.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Leaves early in rehab outing

    Roberts exited four pitches into his rehab appearance Sunday with Triple-A Iowa after suffering an apparent aggravation of his right shoulder injury, Alex Cohen of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Roberts retired one batter before calling for the training staff and exiting the rehab appearance, which was his first since landing on the 10-day injured list May 1 before he was later moved to the 60-day IL. The Cubs should provide further word on the extent of Roberts' setback in the days to come, but he no longer looks on track to be activated when first eligible in the final week of June.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Starting rehab stint

    Robets (shoulder) will report to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to begin a rehab assignment, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Roberts recently threw a live batting practice session, which was his final hurdle before being cleared for game action. The 24-year-old has been sidelined by shoulder inflammation since late April, so he'll likely require at least a couple appearances with Iowa before being reinstated to the big-league roster.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Shifted to 60-day IL

    Roberts (shoulder) was moved to the 60-day injured list Monday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Roberts recently began a throwing program May 14, but he will now have to wait until late June to return from the shoulder injury. The move to the 60-day IL frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Matt Swarmer, whose contract was selected Monday.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Begins throwing program

    Roberts (shoulder) began a throwing program Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Roberts has been on the injured list for two weeks due to right shoulder inflammation, but it's encouraging to see him resume throwing. He doesn't yet have a timetable to return to game action. Roberts isn't guaranteed a spot on the major-league roster once he's healthy.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Placed on 10-day IL

    Roberts was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation Sunday, retroactive to April 30, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Roberts struggled recently, as he posted an 11.81 ERA and 2.86 WHIP in 5.1 innings over his last six appearances, and he'll now be placed on the 10-day IL as part of a move to trim the Cubs' active roster to 26 players. Although the right-hander's injury may have contributed to his lackluster performance, it's possible he's sent to Triple-A Iowa once he's healthy.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Struggles Thursday

    Roberts allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of relief work during Thursday's loss to Atlanta. He struck out two.

    Roberts didn't take the loss, as he entered the contest in the eighth inning with the Cubs already trailing, but he didn't help keep his team in the game, either. The righty has nine strikeouts through seven innings this season, but he's otherwise struggled with a 7.71 ERA and 2.00 WHIP. Roberts should remain in a lower-leverage role until he shows a bit more consistency on the mound.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Pitches well Tuesday

    Roberts struck out the side in a perfect inning of relief during Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.

    Coming on for Marcus Stroman in the seventh inning, Roberts mowed down three Atlanta hitters on 17 pitches. The righty has a 4.50 ERA and seven strikeouts across six innings of work this season, though he also has five walks. If Roberts can cut down on the free passes, he has the swing-and-miss stuff to put up solid numbers, though he's not really in the mix for saves at this point.

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  • Cubs' Ethan Roberts: Finishes game in debut

    Roberts pitched one inning, walking one batter in a 9-0 win Saturday over the Brewers.

    Roberts made his major-league debut Saturday, pitching against the heart of the Brewers' lineup in the ninth inning of a laugher. The 2018 fourth-round draft pick steadily progressed through the Cubs' farm system, working exclusively in relief. Across three minor-league seasons, the Tennessee Tech alum produced a 3.09 ERA with a 2.3 BB/9 and 9.8 K/9 before earning a spot in the Cubs bullpen this spring.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 180 lbs
Birthplace: Sparta, TN
Age: 26
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R