Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs placed left-handed reliever Kent Mercker on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sore lower back. The move is retroactive to May 16.
Mercker is the eighth Cub to be shelved since spring training and the third this week. Mercker last pitched on May 15 in San Diego, allowing one run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning. He is 1-0 with a 2.84 earned run average in 19 appearances this season.
"I think we all know that after watching us play awhile, if we had the right 25 out there we'd have a darn good ballclub," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "You have to get through it, there's no excuses. You don't look at it like you've had a bad hand dealt to you."
Cubs starting pitcher Kerry Wood (triceps) and slugger Sammy Sosa (back) were put on the disabled list this week, joining Mark Prior (Achilles' tendon), Mark Grudzielanek (Achilles' tendon), Alex Gonzalez (broken wrist) and Ryan Dempster (rehab from elbow surgery).
In a related move, the club activated Mike Remlinger from the disabled list. The southpaw had been sidelined all season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.
Remlinger was 6-5 with a 3.65 ERA in 73 games last season for Chicago.
"We had a nice chat with Rem and felt he was ready," Hendry added. "We wanted to slow him down to get him a little more sharper. He's a pro, he's 37 and he felt he was ready to come back."