Adbert Alzolay is scheduled to start Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, manager David Ross said Friday, while Game 2 will be a bullpen day.
The Cubs saw two starting pitchers hit the injured list this week in Tyler Chatwood (Tuesday) and José Quintana (Wednesday). Chatwood exited his start Sunday in the third inning and has a right forearm strain; Quintana has left lat inflammation. Prior to hitting the IL, Quintana was a likely option to start one of Saturday’s games.
Alzolay, who will join the Cubs from their South Bend alternate training site, has made two appearances this season. He pitched five innings of two-hit, one-run (unearned) ball in Game 2 of a doubleheader vs. St. Louis on Aug. 19, striking out six.
Alzolay also made a one-inning appearance in Game 2 of this past Saturday's doubleheader with Cincinnati, allowing a hit, a walk and no runs with two strikeouts.
Both of Saturday's games will be seven innings but between the bullpen game and playing five games across four days, this weekend will put some strain on Cubs relievers.