The Cubs designated left-handed reliever Scott Maine for assignment, the team announced. The move creates 40-man roster space for catcher Anthony Recker, who was acquired from the Athletics in a trade.
Maine, a sixth round selection in 2007, appeared in 21 games for the Cubs this year, posting a 4.79 ERA with 11.3 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 20 2/3 innings. The 27-year-old has had high strikeout and walk rates throughout his minor league career. In parts of six minor league seasons, Maine has a 3.28 ERA with 10.2 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9.