Cubs activate Keegan Thompson off 15-day IL, rookie option Jeremiah Estrada

MIAMI — The Cubs activated 15-day IL right-hander Keegan Thompson on Wednesday, giving him the chance to complete his first full major league season.

“He’s had a great season so far,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “And trying to take care of his body, get him back to full strength from an endurance perspective, … making sure he’s in top health was a top priority for us. And he feels good and wants to go there and go back and help him help his team win. He worked very hard in the weight room and in the training room, and we are happy to have him back.

Thompson landed on the IL with a back tightness, but in the month he was sidelined, the Cubs wanted to address expected season-ending fatigue. Thompson has thrown over 100 innings this season for the second time in his professional career.

In a corresponding move, the team went for rookie reliever Jeremiah Estrada at Triple-A Iowa. In pitching two scoreless innings against the Marlins on Monday, Estrada improved his ERA to 3.18 in his first five major league outings.

“I just wanted to ask him to keep working on his strengths and weaknesses,” Ross said, “and you know, he could be back any day.”

Thompson joins the team in a multi-inning reliever role, giving the Cubs more control over his workload in the final two weeks of the season. It’s also the role he started the season in, posting a 1.38 ERA in eight relief appearances.

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