WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa. Parker, who wears uniform number 50, is available for today's 12:35 p.m. CT game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
Parker, 29, has no record and 18 saves in 19 chances with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER/25.0 IP) in 25 games for Iowa this season. He has limited the opponent to a .226 batting average (21-for-93), walked nine and struck out 34, good for an average of 12.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. His 18 saves lead the Pacific Coast League. Parker has surrendered just one extra-base hit, a double, in his last 10 games since June 6.
Parker begins his third stint with the Cubs this season, having been up with the major league club April 13-24 and May 27-29. He has appeared in three games for Chicago, allowing three runs in 2.2 innings.
In parts of three major league seasons since making his debut with the Cubs in 2012, Parker is 1-2 with one save and a 3.44 ERA (21 ER/55.0 IP) in 59 relief appearances. He has walked 20 and struck out 61, good for an average of 10.0 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
Since he was selected by Chicago in the 16th round of the 2006 draft, Parker is 14-17 with 84 saves and a 2.88 ERA (118 ER/369.1 IP) in 282 career minor league contests, all in relief. He has walked 174, struck out 405 and allowed just 27 home runs.