Alzolay set to return Sat.; Cubs coaching staff whole again
The Cubs don't have anymore scheduled off-days coming up, so manager David Ross said pitcher Adbert Alzolay will return to the team and is expected to start Saturday against the Brewers.
After starting in Milwaukee on April 12, a confluence of events resulted in Alzolay getting sent to the South Bend alternate site. The Cubs had two days off within a week and Kyle Hendricks missed his scheduled start in Milwaukee because he was feeling under the weather. So the Cubs decided to let Alzolay start for South Bend and bring in an extra arm for the bullpen.
There were more happy returns. Bullpen coach Chris Young returned to work after spending a couple weeks away from the team due to a positive test for COVID-19. First-base coach Craig Driver was back Tuesday with the same circumstances.
"Those guys are big parts of our success," manager David Ross said. "They do a lot of work that nobody gets to see and they're huge pieces to this team. We've had a thin coaching staff in the last 10 days between those two being out, me and Borzy (bench coach Mike Borzello) being suspended.
"Some things have been everybody picking up the slack. I looked down and saw last night, we're double-barreled in the bullpen and Alec Mills was reading the scouting reports to the guys on the mound. That made me laugh pretty good."