Cubs take advantage of doubleheader rule

CINCINNATI -- Left-hander Brooks Raley will be reinstated to the Chicago Cubs roster Saturday and will start in the second game of the day-night doubleheader against the Cincinnati Reds.

In the process, the Cubs appeared to take full advantage of a new rule that allows teams to bring up a 26th player for doubleheaders that are scheduled well in advance. The Cubs and Reds are making up a game that was rained out on May 1.

On Monday the Cubs optioned Raley back to Iowa knowing they would bring him back up for his next scheduled start. By making the roster move when they did they were able to bolster the bullpen by adding Michael Bowden, who pitched two scoreless innings Friday.

Under normal circumstances Raley wouldn’t be able to return so quickly, but the new 26-man doubleheader rule left no stipulation that he couldn’t be brought back up in five days.

After Saturday’s doubleheader is completed, Raley is expected to remain on the roster and a reliever likely will be sent down.