The Chicago Cubs today selected left-handed pitcher Scott Maine from Triple-A Iowa, and optioned right-handed pitcher Justin Berg to Iowa.
Maine will wear uniform No. 57, and is available for tonight's 7:05 p.m. ET game in Washington D.C. against the Nationals.
Maine, 25, has gone 4-2 with 10 saves and a 3.14 ERA (20 ER/57.1 IP) in 45 relief appearances for Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season. He has averaged 9.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, recording 62 strikeouts compared to 25 walks in 57.1 innings of work. Between the two clubs, Maine has held the opponent to a .217 batting average (13-for-60) with runners in scoring position, including a .188 mark (9-for-48) at the Triple-A level.
The six-foot, three-inch 209-pound Maine did not allow an earned run in his final 10 outings (13.2 IP) for Tennessee, May 1-29, before he was promoted to Iowa, where he had started the season with a 3.86 ERA (3 ER/7.0 IP) in five relief outings.
In his second stint with the I-Cubs, Maine has gone 3-0 with five saves and a 2.41 ERA (9 ER/33.2 IP) in 27 relief appearances since June 4, striking out 42 while walking just 14. He recorded a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) with a 2-0 record and four saves in 10 July outings, limiting the opponent to a .220 batting average.
Originally selected by Arizona in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft, Maine was acquired by Chicago, with minor league infielder Ryne White, for right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman, November 19, 2009. In four professional seasons, Maine has compiled a 12-9 record with 23 saves and a 3.24 ERA (64 ER/177.2 IP) in 133 career relief appearances, striking out 196 batters while walking just 80. Maine has surrendered just 11 home runs in 177.2 innings pitched.
Maine will become the 16th rookie to appear for the Cubs this season and the 10th to make his major league debut, joining pitchers Andrew Cashner, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Marcos Mateo, Brian Schlitter and James Russell, infielders Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro and catcher Welington Castillo.
Berg, 26, is 0-1 with a 5.77 ERA (22 ER/34.1 IP) in 35 relief appearances in two stints with the Cubs this season, making the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. With Iowa this season, he is 3-1 with a 3.18 ERA (8 ER/22.2 IP) in 14 relief appearances.