As the Cubs weather injuries to their rotation, right-hander Adbert Alzolay will get at least one more spot start with the team.
The 24-year old is scheduled to start on Thursday against the Reds at Wrigley Field, Cubs manager David Ross announced Sunday.
Alzolay has made three big-league appearances this season, two starts and one relief outing. He allowed just three hits and one run in his first two outings combined. But on Saturday against the Cardinals, as Ross put it, “the youth showed back up a little bit.”
Two poised innings to begin Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader gave way to three walks and two runs in the third. Alzolay left the game with two outs in the third inning.
“We have a lot of faith in Adbert,” Ross said after the game. “He’ll learn from this outing and continue to get better.”
At the time, Ross wasn’t ready to name Alzolay Thursday’s starter, saying he needed to check on José Quintana’s status before making any rotation announcements.
The left-hander is on the 10-day injured list with left lat inflammation, along with Tyler Chatwood (right forearm strain). On Sunday, Quintana was scheduled for another evaluation. He could start his throwing program as soon as Monday, per the Cubs.
The Cubs plan to recall Alzolay from the South Bend alternate site on Thursday – as the 29th man Saturday, he was optioned to the alternate site after the doubleheader – to make his third spot start of the season.
On Sunday, the team also called up left-hander Matt Dermody from South Bend. In a corresponding move, the Cubs optioned right-hander Tyson Miller, who they’d recalled for Game 2 of Saturday’s doubleheader, to the alternate site.