Right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng is a fourth-year Cubs minor leaguer who started the season at Class AA Tennessee and has yet to earn a big-league spring training assignment.

On Thursday he makes his big-league debut as the Cubs’ starting pitcher in the middle of a pennant race in the middle of September, against the Mets.

The Cubs announced the surprise move Wednesday after stashing Tseng in Arizona to keep pitching over the past week since his minor-league season ended.

The biggest, immediate impact is that it allows the Cubs to move left-hander Mike Montgomery out of the rotation to bolster a bullpen that has gotten next to nothing from lefty Justin Wilson since trading for him seven weeks ago and that has been without struggling righty Koji Uehara (knee infection) for almost two weeks.

“Sometimes you catch lightning in a bottle and you learn some things, too,” said manager Joe Maddon, who was informed of the decision by the front office. “You never know what happens after that with some young players. Even if it’s not a start that happens afterwards, maybe he’s going to help us in another way; I don’t know.

“I’m keeping a very open mind. I’m actually excited about seeing it. And …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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