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Chatwood makes adjustments in bullpen session

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PITTSBURGH -- It has been tough for Tyler Chatwood to wait for his next start after an abbreviated game on Sunday night, but the right-hander said he had a good bullpen session on Tuesday, made a few adjustments and was looking forward to his next outing on Friday against the Mets.

"It was good," Chatwood said on Tuesday. "I've been doing this for eight years now, so it was just a matter of feeling good, and I felt good today in my side. Now, it's just a matter of taking it into the game."

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PITTSBURGH -- It has been tough for Tyler Chatwood to wait for his next start after an abbreviated game on Sunday night, but the right-hander said he had a good bullpen session on Tuesday, made a few adjustments and was looking forward to his next outing on Friday against the Mets.

"It was good," Chatwood said on Tuesday. "I've been doing this for eight years now, so it was just a matter of feeling good, and I felt good today in my side. Now, it's just a matter of taking it into the game."

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Chatwood, who leads the Major Leagues in walks with 45 over 48 1/3 innings, said he did make a couple of changes and is trying to get the ball out of his glove earlier and shorten his stride. Doing those things helped him stay on top of the ball, Chatwood said.

But the problem isn't just a matter of mechanics, according to the right-hander.

"I think when you start walking people and you have to answer questions after the game, it might creep into your mind a little bit," Chatwood said. "For me, I feel one of my strengths is my competitiveness and mental toughness. I don't feel it's getting magnified. I just have to clean it up, I know that."

Chatwood has lasted 2 2/3 innings in each of his last two starts.

"The worst part is the bullpen has to eat those innings," Chatwood said. "To come out early, you don't feel good. Those four days [between starts] are probably the longest four days you'll have in a while."

Top prospect hurt
Adbert Alzolay struck out three over four scoreless innings for Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday but was lifted after 60 pitches because of a grade one (least severe) lat strain. He'll be re-evaluated in a few days. Alzolay did not give up a hit or walk a batter.

"That's a special human being right there," Cubs catcher Chris Gimenez said. "Tremendous young man, very personable kid. He works his tail off. I think we can see the arm is electric. Now, it's just a little more of a consistency, just cleaning up some things mechanically."

Draft representation
Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will represent the Cubs on Monday at the 2018 Draft. The Cubs have the 24th overall pick in the first round, plus a second-round selection at No. 62, and compensation round picks at No. 77 (for Wade Davis) and No. 78 (for Jake Arrieta).

The 2018 Draft will take place on June 4-6, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT on Monday, June 4. MLB Network will broadcast the first 43 picks (Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A), while MLB.com will stream all 78 picks on Day 1. MLB.com will also provide live pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 3-10 on Day 2, with a preview show beginning at 11:30 a.m. CT. Then, Rounds 11-40 can be heard live on MLB.com on Day 3, beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

Go to MLB.com/Draft to see the Top 200 Prospects list, projected top picks from MLB Pipeline analysts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, the complete order of selection and more. And follow @MLBDraft on Twitter to see what Draft hopefuls, clubs and experts are saying.

Skype session
Cubs manager Joe Maddon talked to students at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago via Skype on Tuesday, answering questions and revealing his favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate chip but he can't eat it because he discovered he's lactose intolerant.

Tweet from @CubsJoeMadd: Want to thank Mr Rehak for welcoming me into his class today at Whitney Young High School....in Chicago...fave question answered Chocolate Chip...guess you had to be there...C u all at Wrigley....#PuttingTheArtBackIntoTHEE Game @Cubs @Maddonrespect90 pic.twitter.com/y0v1qYKATN

There was also an awkward moment when Maddon learned that the teacher was a White Sox fan.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat.

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