The Cubs have recalled pitcher Manny Corpas. Corpas was signed last December but hasn’t pitched since August of
2010 in the Major Leagues. The Cubs placed Blake Parker on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Corpas. Parker was listed as having a right elbow stress reaction.
Corpas, formerly of the Colorado Rockies, showed a great deal of promise in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Corpas tossed 32 1/3 innings for the Rockies and posted a 3.62 ERA. In 2007, he was even better. He put up a 2.08 ERA in 78 innings. Corpas also picked up 19 saves in 2007. His performance started to decline in 2008. Since his breakout 2007 season, Corpas has not posted an ERA under 4.00.
In 19 games for the Cubs Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, Corpas has a 4.01 ERA, 19 strikeouts, and nine walks.
In August of 2010, Corpas suffered a blown elbow. He underwent Tommy John surgery and was out for the entire 2011 season. After rehabbing with no contract on the horizon, Corpas was signed to a minor league deal by the Cubs on December 22, 2011.
The Cubs, currently 18 games under .500 and 12.5 games back, have needed bullpen help. Carlos Marmol has struggled again this season. Blake Parker has been battling his elbow injury. The entire pitching staff ranks 22nd in ERA.
In his first game since being recalled – and his first game since 2010 – Corpas tossed one perfect inning with two strikeouts for the Cubs.