Injuries & Roster Moves: Alzolay activated

June 21st, 2021

Keep track of the Cubs’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

ROSTER MOVES

June 21: RHP activated from the 10-day injured list
Alzolay rejoins the Cubs' rotation after using time on the IL to heal a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand. The right-hander dealt with the issue for more than one start, but it became a larger problem on June 7 in San Diego. In that outing, Alzolay walked five in three innings, allowed four runs and threw 48 of 82 pitches for strikes. The starter had five walks total in his previous six appearances, in which he had 35 strikeouts with a 2.94 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.

June 21: LHP Kyle Ryan optioned to Triple-A Iowa
Ryan returns to Iowa after spending one day back with the MLB bullpen.

June 20: RHP optioned to Triple-A Iowa
Abbott heads back to Triple-A in the wake of working three innings in the Cubs' 11-1 loss to the Marlins on June 19. The righty has a 4.32 ERA in four appearances for Chicago this season. At Triple-A, Abbott will continue to serve as both rotation and multi-inning relief depth for the North Siders.

June 20: RHP designated for assignment
The 31-year-old Stock made a spot start for the Cubs on June 16, allowing five runs in four innings with six walks and three strikeouts. The hard-throwing righty had a 4.12 ERA in nine games (two starts) at Triple-A Iowa, compiling 25 strikeouts against four walks in 19 2/3 innings.

INJURY UPDATES
Day to day

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10-day IL

LHP Justin Steele (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: June
Steele felt good on June 21, following a workout on the game mound at Wrigley Field the previous day. Manager David Ross said the "data turned out really good" as well. Ross said the lefty would likely throw another bullpen session before heading out on a Minor League rehab assignment "soon."  (Last updated: June 21)

RHP Trevor Williams (appendectomy)
Expected return: July
Williams is throwing daily, and the righty recently resumed throwing off a mound. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen session on June 17 and then threw off the mound again on June 19. There is still no clear timetable for his return to the rotation, but manager David Ross noted that the pitcher has been cleared to start building up his workload. The pitcher will travel with the team on their upcoming trip to Los Angeles to continue his rehab and throwing program. Williams underwent an emergency appendectomy on May 30. (Last updated: June 21)

2B Nico Hoerner (left hamstring strain)
Expected return: Late June
Hoerner went through a "full day" of baseball activities on June 18-19, per manager David Ross, and continued to add running/agility work on June 20. The middle infielder took ground balls and went through on-field batting practice -- steps he has done multiple days in a row without issue. Hoerner is still building up to full game speed, and Ross said on June 20 that the infielder could be cleared for a Minor League rehab assignment in "seven to 10 days." Hoerner landed on the 10-day IL on May 26 with the hamstring strain, which was sustained while running to first on a groundout the previous day. (Last updated: June 20)

3B Matt Duffy (lower back strain)
Expected return: Late June/early July
According to manager David Ross, "everything was good" with Duffy's meeting with a team doctor on June 18. Duffy had recently built up to fielding, running and normal batting practice, but the manager said the utility man may have pushed things too hard. The current plan is to have Duffy slow things down before ramping up through a progression again, with the goal of heading out on a Minor League rehab assignment before rejoining the Cubs. He landed on the IL on May 25. (Last updated: June 19)

3B David Bote (left shoulder dislocation)
Expected return: TBD
Manager David Ross has noted that Bote has been able to do some light hitting and take ground balls. “He has started to get into that routine. He is building back up,” Ross said recently about Bote, who landed on the 10-day IL after he dislocated his left shoulder sliding past second base on May 29. As of June 19, Ross noted that Bote was "progressing well" through his daily rehab program. (Last updated: June 19)

RHP (right triceps strain)
Expected return: TBD
Maples was off to a great start, allowing five earned runs in 22 2/3 innings. He also struck out 32 batters during his time on the mound. (Last updated: June 16)

60-day IL

C (right forearm strain)
Expected return: TBD
Higgins went from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL within a week. He recently saw a doctor, who revealed that Higgins has some damage in his elbow. Higgins is going to get a second opinion and decide if he needs surgery. (Last updated: June 16)

RHP Rowan Wick (left oblique strain)
Expected return: TBD
Wick noted he “felt good” after a recent throwing session, manager David Ross said May 25. He was eligible to return from the 60-day IL on May 31. (Last updated: May 25)

C Austin Romine (left wrist sprain)
Expected return: TBD
Romine was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL on May 5. He won’t be eligible to return until late June at the earliest. (Last updated: May 25)

RHP Jonathan Holder (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: TBD
On April 26, Holder was moved from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. Though he was eligible to return on May 31, there’s no indication that he’s anywhere close to being back. Holder hasn’t pitched at any level in 2021. (Last updated: May 25)