Adbert Alzolay is Headed to the Injured List, Michael Fulmer Returns

I’ll trade you one forearm strain for another forearm strain … not that you ever want to make that trade …

Not that it’s a surprise after his heavy load this year and recent wane in effectiveness, but Adbert Alzolay is not quite right. It turns out it is physical, and he’s headed to the Injured List with a forearm strain:

Michael Fulmer returns from his own forearm strain in the minimum time away – the Cubs seemed to hint all along that this was a way to get Fulmer some serious rest – so you just have to hope the same can be true for Alzolay.

We’ll find out more soon, I expect, on the extent of Alzolay’s injury. Forearms are always a bit scary, as they connect to the elbow. Alzolay has also had his fair share of injury issues in his career, so you perhaps get a little extra nervous when he goes down.

Oh, well, and of course, there’s the fact that he has been freaking awesome this year, and I don’t really want to think about the Cubs having to operate down the stretch without him. At a minimum, they will now for the next two weeks.

You can expect some moderate mixing and matching late in games with Alzolay out. Julian Merryweather got the last traditional save opportunity, but I don’t know that it means he is THE guy. It’s probably going to be a little bit match-up based, and who is freshest on any given night.

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