CHICAGO — The Cubs will open a second half of a deteriorate with reliever Carl Edwards Jr. and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. behind on a roster.
Edwards was activated from paternity leave on Tuesday, while Almora, who had returned to Chicago final Saturday to attend to a family matter, is approaching behind on Thursday night when a Cubs face a Cardinals during Wrigley Field.
Infielder David Bote and reliever Rob Zastryzny were both optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Bote was called adult on Sunday in San Diego and went 1-for-2 with a walk, attack a double. He has gathered a .310 normal in 20 games for a Cubs this season. Zastryzny has seemed in 6 games for a Cubs this season, giving adult 3 runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Anthony Bass, who has been on a infirm list with an illness given Jul 5, threw one inning in service for Triple-A Iowa opposite Memphis on Tuesday night and struck out one. Bass has been an constituent partial of a Cubs’ bullpen this season, giving adult one warranted run over 14 1/3 innings in 14 appearances.