MARCH 18: The Cubs announced that Alzolay is going on the 60-day injured list. The move clears 40-man roster for Seiya Suzuki.
MARCH 14: Cubs righty Adbert Alzolay, who had been penciled into a rotation spot for 2022, will start the season on the IL due to shoulder tightness, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer told reporters today. Hoyer noted that it will not be a short stint on the IL. Unsurprisingly, then, Hoyer said the club is interested in adding more pitching. Overall, Hoyer said, “Certainly we’re going to add a lot more players.”
At present, the Cubs’ rotation projects as Marcus Stroman, Kyle Hendricks, Wade Miley, Alec Mills, and Justin Steele. All of the top free agent starting pitchers are off the board already, but plenty of back of the rotation hurlers remain available. Alzolay made 21 starts for the Cubs in 2021, posting a 5.16 ERA in that role.
Ian Happ, set to start the season as the Cubs’ regular left fielder, had a “clean out” elbow procedure in the offseason but is expected to be 100% soon, Hoyer told reporters.