After last night’s early exit due to a blister on his right middle finger, the Cubs have placed RHP Adbert Alzolay on the 10-day Injured List. To take his place on the roster, the Cubs recalled RHP Kohl Stewart. The 26-year-old right-hander was really coming into his own leading up to last night’s start against the San Diego Padres. He came in with a 3.62 ERA and hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last nine outings.
However, Alzolay really struggled with his command and it was clear something was bothering him. That "something" turned out to be the blister on his finger, which ended his night early after only three-plus innings pitched.
Last Night's Start
Alzolay danced his way out of the first inning, allowing only one run after loading the bases with no outs and Fernando Tatis Jr. at the plate. He struck out San Diego’s young superstar and proceeded to get out of the inning with minimal damage. The fact that he was able to get out of serious trouble without having his best stuff is an encouraging sign in his development.
Alzolay walked a season-high five batters after only walking a total of five batters in his six prior starts. Being that it was only a blister, the Cubs hope his stay on the IL will be a short one and he can get back to his dominating ways sooner rather than later. The Cubs certainly need him given the current state of the starting staff.
For Kohl Stewart, his demotion didn’t last long. He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa yesterday when the Cubs activated Jake Marisnick off the Injured List. The former Minnesota Twins’ first-round draft pick had a solid first outing against the Padres, allowing only one run in five innings tossed. However, he struggled in San Francisco and wasn’t able to make it through the fourth inning before getting yanked. The righty has a 3.12 ERA in 8.2 innings pitched with seven strikeouts this season.
It’s uncertain at this time what this means for the Cubs’ rotation, but Stewart could very well slot right into Alzolay’s spot in the order. The Cubs will look to get back to their winning ways tonight after a tough 9-4 loss last night to San Diego. With Yu Darvish set to take on his former team on Wednesday, this is a crucial upcoming game.
What's On Tap Next?
On the bump for Chicago will be Zach Davies, who comes in with a 2-3 record and 4.94 ERA. Despite early struggles, Davies has been much sharper recently, with a 1.72 ERA in May. On the opposing side, Dinelson Lamet gets the nod. Lamet owns a 1-0 record with a 2.50 ERA. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 PM CDT and it will be game two of the three-game series against the Padres.