Cubs righthander Adbert Alzolay left Monday’s game in San Diego with a blister. The next day, he was placed on the 10-day injured list and Kohl Stewart was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
Many have thought that Alzolay needed to have his innings managed carefully this year. With this IL placement, that’s going to wind up happening. Blisters can be tricky; you wouldn’t think they would keep pitchers out for too long, but I wouldn’t necessarily expect Alzolay to return just after the 10-day period. More probable is that they could even hold him out until the end of the month — if they can find a satisfactory replacement.
At this writing, the Cubs have not yet named any starting pitchers for the series against the Cardinals that begins Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field. They could go with Kyle Hendricks for the first game of the series, as Hendricks last threw on Sunday and that would be “normal” four days rest. But the next starter in the rotation, Zach Davies, wouldn’t be on four days’ rest for a start Saturday, so the Cubs would have to slot in someone else for that game. It could be Stewart, or it could be Alec Mills, who was activated from the IL this week and who threw one inning Tuesday. Or, possibly both, with Saturday’s game being something of a bullpen game.
In any case, beyond Hendricks, Davies and Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are…