Alzolay (1-1) pitched five innings of one-run ball to earn the win Sunday against the White Sox. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out eight. The Cubs almost let Alzolay's first win of the season slip away, as a 7-1 lead when the righty left the game finished as a narrow 10-8 win. It was still a great effort for Alzolay, who finishes the regular season with a 2.95 ERA and having allowed just two earned runs across his last nine innings. The 25-year-old seems unlikely to crack Chicago's postseason rotation, at least in the first round series against Miami beginning on Wednesday, but he figures to operate as an important long reliever out of the bullpen.
Alzolay will start Sunday against the White Sox, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. The Cubs didn't seem to have a rotation spot open for Alzolay, but they'll move Jose Quintana, who's still building up his pitch count following a lat injury, to the bullpen for the final few days of the year. Alzolay has made three starts and two relief appearances this season, posting a 3.31 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.
Alzolay allowed one run in four innings out of the bullpen in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out seven. Jose Quintana (lat) returned from the injured list and pitched for the first time since Aug. 30, so the Cubs limited him to just two innings in his start, which opened up the middle innings for Alzolay. The 25-year-old looked good and set a new season high in strikeouts while lowering his ERA to 3.31 in the process. The Cubs don't seem to have an open rotation spot as they head into the postseason, but Alzolay could potentially have some value in a long-relief role.
Alzolay was recalled by the Cubs on Monday. Alzolay spent a week and a half at the Cubs' alternate training site, but he'll rejoin the major-league bullpen after Ildemaro Vargas (hamstring) was placed on the injured list Monday. The right-hander should be available out of the bullpen Monday and could provide a relief option Tuesday as starter Jose Quintana (lat) could be on a pitch count.
Alzolay was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Friday. Alzolay has struggled in his last two outings, though he still owns a solid 3.65 ERA in 12.1 innings on the year. Rex Brothers was recalled in a corresponding move.
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