The Cubs recalled right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay as their 29th man for Saturday’s doubleheader at Cincinnati.
This is the second time the Cubs have brought him up from the alternate site to bolster the pitching staff for a doubleheader – clubs are allowed an extra active player for doubleheaders, per the 2020 operations manual.
Last time, Alzolay made his 2020 debut in a start against the Cardinals, allowing just one unearned run and two hits in five innings. This time, the Cubs have two other pitchers penciled in to start Saturday: Yu Darvish and Alec Mills. Both are regular members of the Cubs starting rotation.
"He pitched well for us," Cubs manager David Ross said of Alzolay. "It's on a day that that he could be scheduled to pitch anyways. It just made a lot of sense from a lot of different angles. And then it'd be nice to take a look at him out of the bullpen if we get that opportunity."
The Cubs' two games Saturday are only seven innings apiece, but if needed he could pitch multiple innings, giving the rest of the bullpen a break in the midst of a packed weekend schedule.