The Chicago Cubs today optioned outfielder Ben Grieve to Iowa (AAA) and recalled right-handed pitcher Sergio Mitre from the Triple-A affiliate.
Mitre, 24, went 3-4 with a 4.60 ERA in eight starts for Iowa (AAA). He struck out 37 batters while issuing just 14 walks and held opponents to a .197 batting average at home.
The right-hander is in his second stint with the club but did not make an appearance in his first stint. He has seen major league action with the Cubs in each of the past two seasons, going 2-5 in 15 games (11 starts). He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 2001 draft - and has recorded a 32-30 record with a 3.87 ERA over 93 minor league games. He has fanned 427 batters and walked 139 batters in his 453.0 career innings.
Grieve, 28, has seen action in 15 games for the Cubs since his contract was purchased from Iowa on April 23. He batted .250 with 1 RBI - including going 3-for-10 in pinch-hit appearances.
The outfielder, who signed a minor league contract with Iowa on April 5, hit .308 with 4 homers and 10 RBI in 11 contests for the Triple-A club.