Cubs get bullpen reinforcement, activate Mills from IL originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
The Cubs bullpen gained a reinforcement on Tuesday in swingman Alec Mills, activated from the 10-day injured list.
In a corresponding move, rookie right-hander Cory Abbott was optioned to Triple-A.
The Cubs have leaned heavily on their bullpen in the last week or so following several short outings from the rotation, part of the calculus in calling up Abbott from Iowa this past Saturday.
Adbert Alzolay exited Monday's start following three-plus innings after struggling with a blister on his right middle finger. He landed on the IL Tuesday.
Zach Davies (4 1/3 innings), Jake Arrieta (2) and Kohl Stewart (3 2/3) each had short outings last week against the Giants.
Mills, who hit the IL May 16 with a low back strain, has pitched more than one inning in eight of 12 appearances this season. Of course, the right-hander spent 2020 in the starting rotation, throwing a no-hitter against the Brewers.
Mills has a 5.96 ERA in 12 appearances (22 2/3 innings) this season. Six of the 15 earned runs he's allowed this season came across two of his last three outings before going on the IL.