Cubs minor leaguer Chris Rusin throws Triple-A no-hitter

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Chris Rusin made 13 starts for the Cubs last season, but the 27-year-old left-hander has spent most of this season at Triple-A and yesterday he threw a no-hitter against the Marlins’ affiliate.

And not only did Rusin allow zero hits and just two walks for Iowa’s first no-hitter since 1984, he collected two hits at the plate and drove in two runs.

Rusin has spent parts of four seasons at Triple-A for the Cubs, logging a combined 362 innings with a 3.96 ERA. He’s too old to be a prospect and struggles to get strikeouts, but he should get another opportunity in the big leagues at some point this season after holding his own in the Cubs’ rotation for a while last year.

And this has been a rough stretch for the Marlins’ Triple-A team. In addition to being no-hit by Rusin they also get into bar fights in which they break each other’s jaws.

Pirates activate Starling Marte

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup after the team reinstated him from the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. Marte served the bare minimum on the DL after making a rapid recovery from the right oblique strain that sidelined him several weeks ago.

Prior to landing on the disabled list, the 29-year-old outfielder was off to a strong start. He slashed a robust .308/.366/.503 with six home runs, 10 stolen bases and an .869 OPS in 175 plate appearances with the team. This is the first time he’s dealt with an oblique issue, and the first DL stint he’s served since he suffered a bout of back tightness in 2016. While he has yet to prove he can bounce back to his pre-injury production levels, his quick recovery bodes well for a successful return to major-league play.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Jose Osuna was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis. The move came as somewhat of a surprise, given that the Pirates elected to retain top prospect outfielder Austin Meadows rather than the more established Osuna. Meadows was recalled from Triple-A in the wake of Marte’s injury and has only played seven games at the major league level so far, but he’s already made a strong impression: he went 13-for-29 with three home runs, two stolen bases and five RBI since his call-up on May 18.