Alzolay was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
He was technically involved in the competition for the fifth starter's spot, but that was pretty unrealistic. Alzolay will need to work on staying healthy and improving his below-average third pitch this season if he is to make it as a starter long term.
Alzolay is competing for the Cubs' fifth starter role, though he is considered to be behind Tyler Chatwood in the race at the start of camp, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Chatwood has the edge in experience, having pitched 828 innings at the MLB level versus just 12.1 for Alzolay. The latter had a little bit of prospect hype as he advanced through the minors, so he's worth keeping an eye on, but it doesn't seem like he'll be much of fantasy factor to begin the season. That could change if Chatwood stumbles and Alzolay works his way into the Chicago rotation.
Alzolay was optioned to Low-A South Bend on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Alzolay has already pitched 81.2 innings between the majors and minors this season after tossing just 39.2 frames last year, so it's no surprise to see the Cubs managing his workload. Across four appearances with the big club this season, the 24-year-old owns a 7.30 ERA, 1.78 WHIP and 13:9 K:BB in 12.1 innings. James Norwood was summoned from the minors in a corresponding move.
The Cubs recalled Alzolay from Triple-A Iowa ahead of Monday's game against the Mariners, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
According to Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com, the Cubs intend to use Alzolay as a long man out of the bullpen in September, as the team doesn't have an opening in the rotation with Yu Darvish (forearm) on track to make his next start Saturday in Milwaukee. Alzolay missed some time at the tail end of July due to a biceps issue, but he looked sharp during his six appearances with Iowa in August, posting a 3.32 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 31:11 K:BB across 21.2 innings.
Alzolay (biceps) was activated off the minor-league injured list by Triple-A Iowa and will start Friday, Iowa Cubs broadcaster Alex Cohen reports.
Alzolay landed on the injured list with right biceps inflammation in mid-July but is good to return to the mound after a couple weeks on the shelf. The 24-year-old has a 4.95 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 60:20 K:BB over 43.2 innings for Iowa this season.
Alzolay was placed on the 7-day injured list Friday with right biceps inflammation, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Alzolay was bothered by the issue during Wednesday's start, and the Cubs have elected to exercise caution by placing him on the shelf. He'll be eligible to return July 26.
Alzolay (bicep) has been dealing with inflammation in his right bicep, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Alzolay was forced to leave his start Wednesday after just 3.2 innings. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports that Alzolay claims his arm just "didn't feel right." The young right-hander will need some extra rest, but could see a return to the mound soon.
Alzolay exited his start with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday due to "slight biceps soreness," Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
Alzolay allowed five runs prior to exiting in the bottom of the fourth inning with the injury. While the issue doesn't appear to be overly serious, the Cubs will likely proceed cautiously with the 24-year-old. It remains to be seen whether Alzolay will be forced to miss a start due to the injury.
Alzolay was removed from Wednesday's start for Triple-A Iowa with an apparent injury, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
Alzolay allowed five runs -- including two homers -- before leaving the game during the bottom of the fourth inning. The 24-year-old exited the field accompanied by the athletic trainer and the specifics of the issue remain unclear.
Alzolay was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Alzolay was lit up in Monday's series opener against the Pirates, allowing seven runs on 10 hits before getting yanked with two outs in the third inning, so this move wasn't unexpected, especially given the return of Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) from the injured list. Alzolay posted a 7.15 ERA and struck out 12 over 11.1 frames in three appearances with Chicago.
Alzolay (1-1) allowed seven runs on 10 hits and a walk across 2.2 innings to take the loss Monday against the Pirates. He struck out three.
Alzolay may have nightmares of Josh Bell, as the Pittsburgh slugger tagged him for a three-run home run in the first inning, then launched a two-run bomb off of him in the second. The 24-year-old righty was off to a nice start with a 2.08 ERA through his first 8.2 innings of work, but that figure ballooned to 7.15 on Monday. With Cole Hamels (oblique) on the IL, Alzolay could stick around as the Cubs' No. 5 starter, but they could also turn to Tyler Chatwood on an interim basis, sending Alzolay to the bullpen or, more likely, Triple-A.
Alzolay is slated to start Monday's game against the Pirates, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Alzolay appears set to keep his spot in the rotation over Tyler Chatwood after turning in back-to-back strong outings. While his workload has been restricted in both appearances (one start), Alzolay has given the Cubs 8.2 quality innings, yielding only two runs and striking out nine. He'll likely have his pitch count bumped up Monday.
With Cole Hamels (oblique) landing on the 10-day injured list after Friday's start, Alzolay could stick in the rotation for the time being.
Alzolay had been working as a sixth pitcher to give other members of the Cubs' rotation some extra rest heading into the All-Star break, but with Kyle Hendricks (shoulder) and now Hamels on the shelf, Alzolay could stick in a more conventional fifth starter role for a while. Hendricks is expected back soon, but it's unclear how long Hamels might be out. The 24-year-old Alzolay has pitched well in his limited time in the majors, posting a 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with nine strikeouts in his first 8.2 innings. However, he's also walked six, so he'll need to exhibit better control to sustain his success. Alzolay is scheduled to make his second MLB start Monday against the Pirates.
Alzolay will start Monday against the Pirates, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Alzolay allowed one earned run over 4.2 innings in his first career start Tuesday, and he will get at least one more shot to show what he can do prior to the All-Star break. Alzolay could start the Cubs' final game of the first half next Sunday, but it seems likely Yu Darvish will get the ball that day instead.
Alzolay allowed one earned run on one hit and four walks while striking out four across 4.2 innings Tuesday against the Cubs. He did not factor into the decision.
Alzolay allowed a home run to Ronald Acuna on his first pitch of the contest, the only hit he surrendered throughout his start. He was dominant through four innings thereafter, allowing only one baserunner who reached via a free pass. However, things fell apart in the fifth frame as he walked three of the five batters he faced, including opposing pitcher Max Fried, prior to being pulled. Alzolay didn't show significant issues with his control during his time in the minor leagues, though he now has issued six walks in 8.2 innings of work through two major-league appearances. He'll look to improve that in his next outing, currently scheduled to be a start at Pittsburgh on Monday.
Alzolay will start Tuesday's game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
Armed with a plus fastball and plus curveball, Alzolay has the tools to have success turning a lineup over a couple times. This actually may hurt his short-term fantasy value, however, as he was more likely to qualify for a win working behind an opener. The Cubs will work with a six-man rotation next week, so it remains to be seen if Alzolay will work as a true starter after Tuesday's outing.
Alzolay (1-0) allowed one run on one hit and two walks across four innings to earn the win Thursday against the Mets. He struck out five.
Alzolay made his much-anticipated debut memorable, retiring 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced over four scoreless frames. He came back out for the ninth, allowing a solo home run and a walk before he was lifted, but Steve Cishek came on to secure the win. Alzolay was more effective than Tyler Chatwood was to begin the game and could be considered for a spot in the rotation. If so, his next outing would likely come at home against the Braves next week.
Alzolay was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
Alzolay will be available out of the bullpen for Thursday's series opener against the Mets and could make his big-league debut in long relief behind starter Tyler Chatwood, who isn't fully stretched out. In 32 innings with Iowa this season, the 24-year-old Alzolay owns a 3.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 46:6 K:BB. Tim Collins was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Alzolay will be called up from Triple-A Iowa by the Cubs on Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Alzolay won't be starting Thursday's game -- Tyler Chatwood will take the mound -- but he could make his major-league debut in long relief with Chatwood not fully stretched out as a starter, per Rogers. The 24-year-old has a 3.09 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and impressive 46:6 K:BB through 32 innings at Iowa this season.
Alzolay (side) will report to Triple-A Iowa this week, Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register reports.
Alzolay was held back at extended spring training to begin the season after succumbing to a side injury in February, but he looks like he's back to 100 percent health. The right-hander made his 2019 debut in affiliated ball with High-A Myrtle Beach on Sunday, covering four innings and giving up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in the rehab start. Despite the poor results, the Cubs apparently believe the 24-year-old is now ready to reclaim a spot in the Iowa rotation.
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