Cubs call up RHP Caridad

The Chicago Cubs announced on Monday they have called up right-handed pitcher Esmailin Caridad from Triple-A Iowa.

In a corresponding move, the Cubs also optioned right-hander Jeff Stevens to Iowa.

Caridad joins the first major league roster of his career and is available for Monday's game in Colorado. The team said in a news release that Caridad would wear uniform No. 33.

The 25-year-old is 5-10 with a 4.15 ERA in 23 starts with Iowa this season, including a 1-1 record with a 2.74 ERA in his past four starts. Caridad was a non-roster invitee to Cubs spring training in 2009, posting no record and a 0.00 ERA in six Cactus League relief appearances.

Caridad was signed by the Cubs as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2008 season and split last year between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He combined to go 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA in 28 appearances, all but one as a starter, between the two spots. Caridad, who is a native of the Dominican Republic, also pitched for Mesa in the 2008 Arizona Fall League, going 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in 10 appearances.

Caridad, who is 5-foot-10, 193 pounds, spent the majority of the 2007 season with the Hiroshima (Japan) Carp's Dominican academy, though he did make two scoreless relief appearances for Hiroshima that year. The Cubs signed Caridad following that season.

Stevens has no record and a 7.36 ERA in six relief appearances for the Cubs this season. He is 0-3 with two saves and a 2.11 ERA in 31 relief appearances for Iowa this year.