Willson Contreras to IL, Austin Romine Activated, Ryan Meisinger Selected, Kyle Ryan DFA’d

The Cubs made another series of moves in a season that has been filled with such flurries, chief among which was placing Willson Contreras on the 10-day IL with a right knee sprain. The catcher had been looking a little fatigued recently, which is to be expected when you lead the majors in starts behind the plate, so this break should be good for him in the long run.

In fact, it’s probably more about forcing him to rest without wasting a roster spot. You can do those things when the outcomes don’t matter.

In order to fill the void at catcher, Austin Romine has been activated from the 60-day IL and will join brother Andrew in Chicago. The circumstances could certainly be better, but this is a cool deal for that family and something they’ve probably been looking forward to for a very long time.

In other transactions, righty reliever Ryan Meisinger has had his contract selected from Triple-A Iowa. The 27-year-old has previously appeared in the majors with the Orioles and Cardinals, so this is his first big-league stint as a non-bird, which is nice. He’s put up huge strikeout numbers in 24 appearances with the I-Cubs, racking up 45 Ks in 29.2 innings, but he’s also walked 16 and has given up six homers.

In order to make room on the roster, the Cubs designated lefty reliever Kyle Ryan for assignment.

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