With Tuesday's day/night doubleheader on the mind of Chicago Cubs' management, the organization is giving one of their minor league arms the chance for his debut. According to The Athletic's Sahadev Sharma, RHP Javier Assad will make his MLB debut in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against St. Louis.
Assad is having a solid season split between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. In 23 appearances (21 starts) he owns a 2.66 ERA and a 5-3 record. In addition, he's fanned 111 batters and allowed only 35 walks in 108.1 innings of work. Deservedly so, the 25-year-old righty will debut on Tuesday.
There was some speculation that Caleb Kilian was going to get a shot on Tuesday. That was disproven with the Assad news and confirmation that Adrian Sampson will throw in the second game. However, Wednesday's starter is still TBD per Jordan Bastian. There is still a chance for a minor league name to pitch in that game.
What's On Tap Next?
The Cubs and Cardinals open their series on Monday night at 7:05 PM CT. On Tuesday, the teams will play a doubleheader, with games at 1:20 PM and 7:05 PM. The Cubs and Cardinals play five games in this series. Chicago is looking for another series win after a successful series against Milwaukee this past weekend.