Cubs activate Alzolay to start against Cleveland, originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Cubs activated right-hander Adbert Alzolay to start Monday against Cleveland. In a matching move, they picked left-handed reliever Kyle Ryan for Triple-A Iowa.
Alzolay was absent for two weeks with a blister on his right middle finger.
“He still played wrestling, but didn’t spin baseball a lot,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Alzolay’s progression to acting, “stayed on his arm program, let the coaches do their job, let the blister heal, let the nail heal, remove all the dead skin and let it recover the right way. ”
The Cubs have been through a rough patch as Alzolay and his fellow starting rotation member Trevor Williams (appendicitis) were on the 10-day injured list. In addition to the Cubs’ drop in points, their starting pitchers haven’t made it past the fifth inning in five of their last seven games. The Cubs have lost all but one of those short starts, as well as Zach Davies’ eight-point exit.
Alzolay has never pitched a full MLB season, and the Cubs have been mindful of the rookie’s workload this year. Ross reiterated Monday that the Cubs have not set an innings limit for him this season.
“He’s obviously a big hunk for us and he’s throwing some big innings for us,” said Ross. “He gave us a chance to win and continues to grow every time. So in my mind he’s going to keep helping us as long as he’s healthy and throwing like he’s able to.
“Mini Spring Training” for Trevor Williams
Williams must travel with the team to Los Angeles to continue rebuilding after having an appendectomy three weeks ago.
“He’s whitewashed from the doctor,” Ross said. “Now it’s just a matter of getting his body back in shape and getting his arm back in shape. “
Williams will be on a program that Ross has likened to a “mini spring training” before returning.
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