Chicago Cubs Player News: Pitchers

News: Alzolay was removed from Wednesday's start for Triple-A Iowa with an apparent injury, Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
Impact: Alzolay allowed five runs -- including two homers -- before leaving the game during the bottom of the fourth inning. The 24-year-old exited the field accompanied by the athletic trainer and the specifics of the issue remain unclear.
News: Kimbrel had two strikeouts and didn't allow a baserunner during the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Reds.
Impact: Kimbrel delivered a ninth inning with no drama Wednesday as he needed only 12 pitches to retire the side in order. The 31-year-old has allowed five runs through his first 6.2 innings with the Cubs, but he appears to be settling in with four straight scoreless outings.
News: Darvish (3-4) earned the win Wednesday against the Reds after allowing only two hits over six shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
Impact: Darvish has allowed zero runs and four hits in his last 12 innings, as he appears to have found his groove coming out of the All-Star break. The 32-year-old has a 4.46 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 126:50 K:BB through 109 innings and should take the mound next week at San Francisco.
News: Hamels (oblique) threw a 24-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hamels reported no issues in what was his first mound session since landing on the injured list near the end of June. The left-hander is scheduled to throw another bullpen Saturday; if everything goes off without a hitch, Hamels could be cleared for a simulated game or rehab assignment thereafter.
News: Hamels (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: After experiencing no issues during a throwing session earlier in the week, Hamels has been cleared to resume mound work for the first time since landing on the injured list at the end of June. While this is a step in the right direction for the southpaw, a timetable for his return likely won't come into focus until he's cleared for a rehab assignment.
News: Mills didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 4-3 extra-inning win over the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six.
Impact: Cincinnati jumped on him for three runs in the first inning, but Mills settled down after that and came through with the first quality start of his brief big-league career. The right-hander may have earned a longer stay in the rotation with the performance, as Cole Hamels (oblique) still has no timetable for his return.