Adbert Alzolay Leaves I-Cubs Game with Apparent Arm Injury

Top pitching prospect Adbert Alzolay dazzled in his debut and ended up making two starts for the Cubs before being optioned back to Triple-A Iowa when Kyle Hendricks returned from the IL. The hard-throwing righty was still in the big club’s plans for the second half, maybe even in something of a David Price-like bullpen role down the stretch.

Those plans may be put on hold, though, as Alzolay made an early exit from his Wednesday start with an apparent injury. He was getting rocked by Gavin Lux and the Oklahoma City Dodgers, allowing five earned runs on six hits — including a pair of Lux homers — and five walks(!) over just 3.2 innings. And that’s when the coaches and trainer came to get him.

Now, it’s possible this is simply a bruised ego or minor pride impingement, neither of which will require more than his typical between-starts rest. If it’s anything worse than that, however, Alzolay’s progress could be set back. As you may recall, he missed a huge chunk of last season and got a late start this year after suffering a lat injury.

Here’s to hoping for the best as news comes out of Iowa.

Good news/bad news update

First, the bad news: Alzolay’s velocity was way down in his final inning, which can be a precursor of arm injuries.

Now for the good news: Maybe it was just a cramp or some other relatively innocuous leg issue, though the source of that hope may be the result of grasping for straws. But hey, I’m happy to grasp away as well.

Bad news update

“He came out and he said his arm just didn’t feel right,” Iowa manager Marty Pevey said after the game. “That’s all I know at this point.”

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