Cubs put starter John Lackey on 10-day disabled list

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: John Lackey #41 of the Chicago Cubs delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game four of the National League Championship Series at Dodger Stadium on October 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – With the elevation of Kyle Schwarber to the Cubs from Triple-A, someone had to come off the big league roster to make room.

That ends up being a Cubs starter who has struggled over the past month.

Mentioned by the pitcher himself during his postgame news conference on Wednesday, the Cubs placed pitcher John Lackey on the 10-day DL on Thursday with Plantar Facsciitis.

In his second year with the Cubs, Lackey has struggled to find a rhythm, going 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA, allowing a major-league high 24 homers this season. June was a particularly rough month for Lackey, who surrendered 11 homers while going 1-4 in six starts with a 5.35 ERA.

Lackey disclosed that he’d had some issues with his foot after his six-inning outing against the Rays on Wednesday when he allowed three runs on six hits.