The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay from the club’s South Bend Alternate Site. He will serve as the “29th man” today and start the first game of the club’s doubleheader vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
I would think eventually Alzolay will be recalled for good, as he’ll need to take over a rotation spot while Tyler Chatwood and Jose Quintana are on the injured list. But for that, they can probably wait until the next rotation turn.
The Cubs made another move Saturday, claiming infielder Ildemaro Vargas off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. Vargas is a 29-year-old infielder who’s split this season between the Diamondbacks and Twins. This year he’s hit .190/.222/.262 (8-for-42) with one double, one triple and two RBI in 18 games. He had a decent .269/.299/.413 (54-for-201) season for the D-Backs in 2019.
Vargas has yet to report to the major league club. Additionally, the Cubs have released right-handed pitcher Jharel Cotton, a non-40-man player assigned to the alternate site. the Cubs’ 60-man Player Pool roster stands at 59 players, with 28 active players on the major league roster (plus three 10-day injured list players) in Chicago plus Vargas and 27 others in South Bend. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.