Cubs activate Adbert Alzolay, option reliever


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Cubs get a big boost with the return of Alzolay (David Banks - USA Today Sports)
Cubs get a big boost with the return of Alzolay (David Banks - USA Today Sports)

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay from the 10-day injured list. Left-handed pitcher Kyle Ryan has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Alzolay, who was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 8 due to a blister on his right middle finger, will start tonight’s 7:05 p.m. CT contest against Cleveland at Wrigley Field.

Alzolay, 26, is 4-5 with a 4.06 ERA (26 ER/57.2 IP) in 11 starts for Chicago this season. He has allowed 16 walks and struck out 62 batters, contributing to a 1.04 WHIP.

Since making his major league debut with the Cubs in 2019, Alzolay is 6-7 with a 4.24 ERA (43 ER/91.1 IP) in 21 games (17 starts). He has struck out 104 batters, good for an average of 10.2 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, compared to 38 walks that has contributed to a 1.17 WHIP. In 2020, he pitched to a 2.95 ERA (7 ER/21.1 IP) while going 1-1 in six games (four starts) for Chicago.

Alzolay was signed as an international free agent by Chicago on December 6, 2012. He entered the 2019 season as the organization’s sixth-best prospect according to Baseball America and that year was named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game. He owns a 33-27 career minor league record with one complete game and a 3.63 ERA (198 ER/491.0 IP) in 105 games (84 starts).

Ryan, 29, has had four stints with the Cubs this season and has no record with a 3.38 ERA (1 ER/2.2 IP) in three relief appearances, walking two and striking out two.

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