Cubs Designate Scott Maine For Assignment

July 31, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Scott Maine (57) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for newly acquired catcher Anthony Recker, the Chicago Cubs have designated left-handed pitcher Scott Maine for assignment, the team announced (via Twitter).

The transaction starts a ten day clock for the Cubs to trade, release or outright Maine to the minor leagues. All three could be possible, but I would not be surprised if Maine is sent to the minor leagues. He's been with Chicago's Class Triple-A affiliate since 2010.

The 27-year-old Maine appeared in 21 games for the Cubs at the major league level this season, but didn't the perform the way he would have wanted to. The southpaw posted a 4.79 ERA across 20 2/3 innings of work while striking out an impressive 11.3 K/9 with a not-so-impressive 5.2 BB/9.

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