The rotation of the boys is increasing as Alzolay returns on Monday originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Before hitting the casualty list with a bubble, Adbert Alzolay threw just like anyone else in the Boys Start rotation.
Two weeks later, the 26-year-old is confident of being back where he was before the injury.
“Oh, damn it,” said Alzolay on Saturday.
That’s good news for the Cubs, who will get a big boost on Monday when Alzolay leaves the IL to start against Cleveland.
“It’s a big piece that we’ve missed,” said manager David Ross.
The blister on Alzolay’s right middle finger hampered his performance on his last start against San Diego on June 7th. He went one season high with five batteries in three innings and allowed four runs.
But before that outing, the right-handed man held a 3.62 ERA in 10 stakes, along with an impressive 0.91 WHIP. He’s given opposing teams a different look in the Cubs’ command-control rotation, with his mid-90s speed and a sharp slider.
“He was one of the guys who gave us a steady start in pitching with real drive and mishap,” said Ross. “He was a real asset to our rotation this year.”
This has definitely been shown in the last few weeks. With Alzolay and Trevor Williams out (appendectomy), the Cubs had to dive into their pitching depth to cover rotation innings and replenish the rotation in three of their last eight games.
They took short trips at these starts and relied heavily on their bullpen.
“Getting him back on the hill and starting games for us is a huge step and a step towards our full strength,” said Ross.
The Cubs will be careful with Alzolay’s stake as he rebuilds. He threw a 40 pitch bullpen this week and said his arm feels good on Saturday and he is ready to pitch for as long as it takes the Cubs.
Alzolay is ready to use.
“I can’t wait to get out on Monday,” he said.
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