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).
To make room for Recker on the 40-man roster, LHP Scott Maine has been designated for assignment.— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 27, 2012
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.