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Top Alec Mills News

  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Completes rehab start

    Mills (back) began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Sunday with a start against Columbus. He worked 2.1 innings and gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out two in Iowa's 5-2 loss.

    Mills pitched in a game for the first time since April 23, when he experienced quad tightness that resulted in him being pulled off his initial rehab assignment at Iowa for the ensuing month. He tossed 43 pitches (25 strikes) on Sunday, but he'll still likely need at least two more rehab starts before the Cubs entertain bringing him back from the 60-day injured list. Before he was placed on the IL shortly before Opening Day, Mills looked to be in good position to claim a rotation spot for the Cubs, but he might have to settle for a long-relief role once he's formally activated.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Transferred to 60-day IL

    Mills (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Thursday, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Mills was cleared to face hitters this weekend and threw a bullpen session Thursday, but he'll now be moved to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster. The right-hander will likely require several rehab games before rejoining the Cubs, so Thursday's transaction is unlikely to alter his recovery timetable.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Advancing to face live hitters

    Mills (back/quadriceps) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Sunday, Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    The right-hander has been throwing bullpen sessions for the past week and will now progress to facing live batters. Mills has yet to see MLB action this season due to the back and quadriceps injuries, so he figures to require a multi-game rehab stint in the minors before joining the Cubs.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Throwing bullpen sessions

    Mills (back/quadriceps) will throw a couple more bullpen sessions before beginning a rehab assignment, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    The right-hander began a rehab assignment in late April before experiencing quadriceps tightness, but he recently resumed mound work and is again progressing toward his return. Mills figures to require a multi-game stint in the minors to continue building up his workload once he's cleared for game action.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Nearing mound work

    Mills (back/quadriceps) will throw off a mound within the next few days before being re-evaluated, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    It's been a slow ramp up for Mills, as he recently resumed playing catch after suffering a setback with his quad while he was making rehab starts in an effort to return from a back injury. He could resume a rehab assignment in the coming weeks if all goes well.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Resumes playing catch

    Mills (back/quadriceps) has resumed playing catch, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mills sustained a setback in his recovery last week due to right quadriceps tightness, but he's now resumed a throwing program. However, it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to the minors to continue his rehab assignment. The right-hander will likely need to complete at least one bullpen session before he's cleared for game action.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Suffers setback with quad

    Mills (back) isn't scheduled to make his second minor-league rehab start this week after he experienced right quadriceps tightness during a workout Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mills, who opened the season on the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain, made his first rehab start at Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, striking out five over three innings while allowing three earned runs on eight hits and no walks. He was expected to take the hill again for Iowa this week, but the quad issue will result in him being shut down for at least the next couple of days. The Cubs may want to see Mills make it through a bullpen session without discomfort before adding him back to the minor-league pitching schedule.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Rehab start on tap

    Mills (back) will make a rehab start at Triple-A Iowa on Friday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mills faced hitters in a live BP session Tuesday, and he'll return to game action in a minor-league setting Sunday. The right-hander threw 77 pitches in a simulated game last weekend, so it seems likely that he'll be able to rejoin the Cubs' rotation following a relatively brief rehab assignment.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Slated to face hitters Tuesday

    Mills (back) will throw a live BP session Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Mills threw a bullpen session early last week, and he'll take another step in his recovery by facing hitters Tuesday. He built up to 77 pitches during a simulated game April 10, so he appears close to joining the Cubs' rotation.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Bullpen session scheduled

    Mills (back) will throw a bullpen session Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mills hit the 10-day injured list with a lower-back strain on Opening Day, but he continues to get work in. He threw 77 pitches in a simulated game Sunday, so it looks as though he'd be ready to handle a starter's workload whenever the Cubs feel he ready to return.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Set for sim game

    Mills (back) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Sunday, Tony Andracki of Marquee Sports Network reports.

    Mills is eligible to return from the injured list as early as April 14. While he has made progress in recovering from his injury, a return later in April may be more realistic. Mills projects to join the Cubs' rotation once fully healthy, and he posted a 5.07 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 119 innings while working primarily as a starter in 2021.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Lands on injured list

    Mills was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained lower back Thursday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Mills had been expected to open the season in the rotation, but he'll wind up missing at least one start, which could go to Keegan Thompson instead. Mills' expected recovery date is not yet clear, though he'll be eligible to return as soon as April 14, as his move to the injured list was backdated to April 4.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Hit hard Friday

    Mills allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits across 1.2 innings in Friday's Cactus League game against the Rockies. He walked one and struck out one.

    Mills was tagged for two home runs and struggled throughout his brief appearance. The righty has already been confirmed for a rotation spot to begin the year, so the poor performance shouldn't hurt his standing, but it's not a great sign after he recorded a 5.07 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 2021. Mills looked better in the condensed 2020 season when he registered a 4.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP and also posted a no-hitter.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Confirmed for rotation

    Manager David Ross said Tuesday that Mills has secured a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, pending further additions to the roster, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

    Mills already looked to be in good shape for a rotation spot heading into spring training, and the recent report that Adbert Alzolay (lat) will be sidelined for at least two months likely clinched it for the right-hander, who went 6-7 with a 5.07 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 87:34 K:BB in 119 innings in 2021. Now that Mills is on track to enter the season as the Cubs' No. 4 starter, Keegan Thompson and Justin Steele are expected to vie for the final opening in the rotation for the remainder of the spring.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Lasts four innings in final start

    Mills allowed two runs across four innings and did not factor into the decision Sunday against the Cardinals. He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out one.

    Mills allowed a solo home run to Tommy Edman to lead off the game but then settled in and pitched better across four innings. In the fifth, he gave way to Joe Biagini, who pitched three innings and earned the win in a game that was called after the top of the eighth due to rain. Mills finishes his season with a 5.07 ERA and 87 strikeouts across 116 innings. He'll likely be in Chicago's plans for the rotation next year, though his lack of strikeouts limits his fantasy appeal, and he'll likely best be used as a matchup-dependent streamer.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Blitzed for six runs Tuesday

    Mills allowed six runs on seven hits across five innings but did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Pirates. He walked two and struck out four.

    Mills could have easily picked up his eighth loss of the year, but Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller also allowed six runs, taking the former off the hook. Mills has struggled lately, allowing 16 earned runs across his last three starts (13.2 innings). The righty has seen his ERA climb to 5.09 in the process. Mills will try to at least end his campaign on a high note in his next and final scheduled start, which lines up for the season finale against the Cardinals on Sunday.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Knocked around by Minnesota

    Mills (6-7) took the loss against the Twins on Tuesday, allowing seven runs (six earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four across four-plus innings.

    The right-hander fell behind early, surrendering two runs in the first frame. He got through the next two innings without being scored upon, but Minnesota tacked on three more runs in the fourth, the final two coming by way of a Nick Gordon home run. Mills was allowed to go back to the mound in the fifth, but he was pulled after allowing the first two batters of the frame to reach base, and both eventually came around to score. The 29-year-old has now given up 11 runs (10 earned) over his past 8.2 frames to inflate his season ERA to 4.83. Mills is tentatively scheduled to next pitch at home against the red-hot Cardinals on Sunday.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Uneven in no-decision Wednesday

    Mills allowed four runs on six hits across 4.2 innings but did not factor into the decision Wednesday against the Phillies. He walked two and struck out four.

    Mills wasn't particularly effective, but the Cubs took him off the hook for a loss with two runs in the eighth to tie the game before eventually losing 6-5. The righty has alternated good and middling starts his last five times out, and his 4.50 ERA points to a pitcher who has been pretty middle of the road most of the year, capable of solid performances but also plenty of blowups. Mills will look to get back on track in his next scheduled appearance Tuesday against the Twins.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Fires quality start

    Mills gave up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three over six innings in Wednesday's victory over the Reds. He did not factor into the decision.

    The only blemish for the right-hander in this start was a solo home run by Joey Votto in the fourth inning. The long ball was the final hit he gave up in the outing, as he allowed just one walk to the last eight batters he faced. Since a seven-run blow-up against the Royals on Aug. 22, he has rebounded nicely with three straight strong starts while registering a 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 20 innings.

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  • Cubs' Alec Mills: Takes no-decision Friday

    Mills allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings in a no-decision versus Pittsburgh on Friday.

    The right-hander allowed just three hits through four innings before giving up back-to-back home runs to Anthony Alford and Hoy Park in the fifth. Mills then ran into more trouble in the sixth, and he was removed after Alford hit a game-tying two-run homer. Despite the sluggish end to his start, the Cubs' erratic defense saved Mills' ERA even though he allowed multiple homers for the first time since April 28. He has a 4.25 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 71:25 K:BB across 95.1 innings. The 29-year-old projects to make his next start versus Cincinnati next week.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Clarksville, TN
Age: 30
Experience: 2
Bats/Throws: R, R