Cubs recall LHP Locke St. John From Triple-A Iowa, option RHP Mark Leiter Jr. to Iowa

MILWAUKEE –The Chicago Cubs today recalled left-handed pitcher Locke St. John from Triple-A Iowa and moved right-handed pitcher Mark Leiter Jr. to Iowa.

St. John will wear uniform number 45 and is available for tonight’s game at 6:10 p.m. CT against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field.

St. John, 29, is looking to make his first major league appearance since Aug. 21, 2019 against the Los Angeles Angels with the Texas Rangers, a season in which he made his major league debut with seven relief appearances, no records and a 5.40 ERA (4 ER/6.2 IP).

The six-foot-three St. John is 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA (4 ER/7.0 IP) in five relief appearances with Iowa, walking six and striking out eight. He signed a minor league contract with Chicago in November of last year, then made the 40-man roster and opted to return to Iowa on April 16.

Last season, St. John was 4-0 with two saves and a 2.58 ERA (17 ER/59.1 IP) in 36 games (five starts) with Triple-A Toledo in the system. Detroit. He averaged 11.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with 75 strikeouts against 25 walks and limited the opposition to a .233 average and .313 on-base percentage.

Originally selected by Detroit in the 32nd round of the 2014 University of South Alabama Draft, St. John is 27-34 with 11 saves and a 3.47 ERA (189 ER/490.1 IP) in 196 career minor league games (51 starts) with 184 walks and 472 strikeouts.

Leiter Jr., 31, is 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA (9 ER/10.1 IP) in four games (three starts) for the Cubs this season.

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