Chicago Cubs Player News: All Positions

News: Alzolay (bicep) has been dealing with inflammation in his right bicep, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Alzolay was forced to leave his start Wednesday after just 3.2 innings of work. Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports that Alzolay claims his arm just "didn't feel right." The young right-hander will need some extra rest, but could see a return to the mound soon.
News: Contreras (foot) is slated for baseball activity Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Contreras is recovering from a strain of the arch muscle in his right foot that landed him on the 10-day injured list July 14 and created roster space for the addition of Martin Maldonado. Maldonado and Victor Caratini will continue handling the catching duties in his absence. The 27-year-old catcher featured a .304/.407/.652 slash line with two home runs, seven RBI and five runs scored in 23 at-bats across six July starts.
News: Mills will start Monday on the road against the Giants, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: With Cole Hamels (oblique) only throwing bullpen sessions in his recovery process, Mills will retain his spot in the starting rotation for at least one more start. In the right-hander's first major-league start of 2019 against the Reds, he allowed three runs off five hits and one walk while recording six strikeouts in six innings. The Cubs considered going with a four-man rotation given their pattern of off days in the near future, but ultimately decided they had enough confidence in Mills to give him at least one more start, according to Tony Andracki of NBC Sports Chicago.
News: Rosario was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Impact: The southpaw returns to the Triple-A level after Carl Edwards Jr. was activated from the 10-day injured list. In Rosario's 3.2 major-league innings since being called up in early July, he gave up two runs off four hits while recording only one strikeout. The 25-year-old could be a candidate to return to the majors should injuries occur in the Cubs' bullpen, but his stock within the organization could fall if the team trades for bullpen arms as the trade deadline approaches at the end of July.
News: Edwards (back) was activated off the 10-day injured list Friday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Edwards has been sidelined since suffering the back injury in late May, but he's ready to rejoin the Cubs after a four-game rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa. The 27-year-old had six straight scoreless appearances before landing on the IL, but he still has a 5.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 17:8 K:BB this season.
News: Schwarber is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Schwarber will take a seat for the second straight contest with the Friars trotting out a left-hander in Eric Lauer for the series opener. Kris Bryant slides out to left field in his absence, while David Bote starts at third base.
News: Caratini will be on the bench Friday against the Padres.
Impact: Caratini and Martin Maldonado are splitting time in the absence of Willson Contreras (foot). Maldonado gets the nod Friday for the second time in three games.
News: Hamels (oblique) will throw a bullpen session sometime this weekend, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Impact: This will be the second bullpen of the week for Hamels, who also threw one on Wednesday and claimed that he felt great afterwards. The veteran left-hander, who has been out since June 29 with a left oblique strain, is still about a week or so away from rejoining the Cubs' rotation, Tony Andracki of NBC Sports Chicago reports. Prior to the injury, Hamels was 6-3 with a 2.98 ERA and a 97:35 K:BB over 99.2 innings.
News: Garcia is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres.
Impact: Garcia and Addison Russell had alternated starts at second base for the last six games, but Garcia now finds himself on the bench for the second game in a row. Through 10 big-league contests, he owns an excellent .333/.370/.875 slash line, though he's also striking out 40.7 percent of the time.
News: Alzolay exited his start with Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday due to "slight biceps soreness," Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register reports.
Impact: Alzolay allowed five runs prior to exiting in the bottom of the fourth inning with the injury. While the issue doesn't appear to be overly serious, the Cubs will likely proceed cautiously with the 24-year-old. It remains to be seen whether Alzolay will be forced to miss a start due to the injury.