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Cubs add Chavez to roster, place Bass on DL

Veteran pitches 2 perfect innings in debut
MLB.com @CarrieMuskat

CHICAGO -- Jesse Chavez has saved at least a jersey from each of the eight previous teams he's pitched for.

"I try to keep a bag, but you kind of run out of space when you get so many bags," Chavez said.

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CHICAGO -- Jesse Chavez has saved at least a jersey from each of the eight previous teams he's pitched for.

"I try to keep a bag, but you kind of run out of space when you get so many bags," Chavez said.

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Chavez joined his ninth team on Saturday after being acquired by the Cubs in a trade with the Rangers. The right-hander, 34, has a 3.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season, striking out 50 over 56 1/3 innings while walking 12. He has pitched for the Pirates (2008-09), Braves (2010), Royals (2010-11), Blue Jays (2012, '16), Athletics (2012-15), Dodgers (2016), Angels (2017) and Rangers (2018).

Chavez, who pitched a clean eighth and ninth inning in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader, said he never expected to pitch for that many teams.

"I didn't think it'd be in nine years either," Chavez said. "I'm just thankful to have a job. I try to do my work, work hard and hope somebody will take notice."

Video: STL@CHC: Chavez discusses his role in the bullpen

Manager Joe Maddon raved about Chavez's ability to start or relieve.

"He's very versatile and ready to go," Maddon said. "I told him what I needed from him is honesty. 'When you need a break, tell me you need a break because,' I said, 'you're the kind of guy who is easy to take advantage of.'

"Guys like that who withstand the test of time are always interesting to me," Maddon said.

Chavez spends the offseason prepping as if he's going to start but is expected to be used primarily as a reliever with the Cubs.

"I think it'll be the same [role] that I was doing in Texas -- long man, middle man, whatever the case may be," Chavez said. "If a guy needs a breather, give him a breather."

The trade surprised him, even though he's been dealt before.

"It didn't dawn on me at all," he said.

• Adding Chavez on Saturday was part of a series of roster moves. The Cubs placed reliever Anthony Bass on the 10-day disabled list with a right mid-thoracic strain. Right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa, and right-handed pitcher James Norwood was optioned to the Minor League team.

Right-hander Luke Farrell was added to the Cubs' active roster as the 26th man for Saturday's doubleheader.

Bass pitched Friday and gave up three runs and walked two, failing to retire any of the batters he faced.

"With everything going on, we know it will take several days, so it was better to back him off and give him the full 10 [days] and evaluate it at that point," Maddon said of Bass.

Video: CHC@LAD: Maples strikes out Muncy, K's side in 5th

Chavez, Maples and Farrell give the Cubs three new arms. On Friday, Maddon called on three position players to pitch rather than overwork the bullpen.

"In spite of the horrible game yesterday, the bullpen is in pretty good order," Maddon said of the 18-5 loss to the Cardinals.

The Cubs want to see who they need Saturday before announcing Monday's starter in the series opener against the D-backs.

• Since June 20, Cubs starters only have four quality starts. That isn't a good formula for success.

"It's almost impossible to hit your way to the last game of the year," Maddon said. "The tried and true method I've always been involved with is pitching and defense, and then you get your hitting there. We do need to get it straightened out. We can't keep putting that many innings on the bullpen. The health overall is there.

"Six [innings], six-plus is what we need to start getting from these guys to make this work," he said.

Drew Smyly, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, will face hitters in a workout on Sunday and again next week before hopefully beginning a Minor League rehab assignment.

"This is the hard part," Smyly said on Saturday. "You can feel yourself getting so close, and it's getting to the end of the season, and I want to be back and play so bad. At the same time, with an injury like this, you can't rush it. My arm will let me know. It's feeling strong and feeling really good. Hopefully, there won't be any issues moving forward."

Jon Lester's NVRQT Foundation fundraiser for pediatric cancer research raised $555,000 on Friday night.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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