Cubs top prospect out for the season


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Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports
Mark J. Rebilas - USA Today Sports

Bad news to report tonight as the Cubs top-ranked pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay is out for the season because of a strained lat.

The 23-year old righty left a game with the right lat strain on May 29 after pitching a perfect four innings.

For the season, he has a 2-4 record with 4.76 ERA in 8 starts at Triple-A Iowa. During his short minor league career, he has a 31-22 record with a 3.44 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.

Alzolay will be shut down for the rest of the year according to Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer.

"It's a bad break for him and for the club but the good news is it wasn't serious enough to need surgery," he said via ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

Hoyer expects the Cubs to look for more pitching help before the trading deadline.

"We’ll be on the lookout for rotation depth and in the bullpen, no matter what, but this underscores that a little bit."

The prospect was almost ready the majors as the team was going to need more starting pitching depth at the majors at some point in the season. It's a disappointing situation and hopefully, he will bounce back and be ready to help the team in 2019.

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