You had to figure that, if Kohl Stewart wasn’t going to get a start the next time through the rotation, the Cubs were going to option him out today to get a fresh arm.
And, confirming that the plan is not for him to take another start, Stewart is out and Trevor Megill is back:
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 12, 2021
Megill, 27, looked mighty good in his two appearances earlier this year (and Spring Training) before he went down with a forearm strain. After rehabbing, he was optioned back to Iowa to await this moment. Lotta guys there are waiting. Hopefully he shines when given a chance.
Stewart, 26, struggled badly with his command – and then just his control – yesterday against the Cardinals, and there were some concerning under-the-hood numbers, too, as discussed this morning. He will presumably rejoin the Triple-A Iowa rotation and await another opportunity. He has some quality individual pitches, but the command hasn’t quite been what it needs to be for him to turn those pitches into successful starts.
The Cubs have a few days now to figure out what they’ll do with that spot in the rotation. It depends on a variety of factors, including whether Trevor Williams will be able to just return to the rotation (kinda doubt it at this point), whether Alec Mills starts on Sunday or appears out of the bullpen this weekend and is held for a start a couple days after that, and how well the Cubs are able to expect Adbert Alzolay to return on his first day of eligibility off of the IL. A bullpen day is also possible early next week.