Steele looms larger in Cubs’ rotation mix originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Justin Steele was already poised to play a significant role on the Cubs in 2022.
But with the injury to Adbert Alzolay, he has an opportunity to earn a high-profile position on the pitching staff.
“Justin’s definitely in that fold of a starter we’re going to need,” manager David Ross said this week.
Steele entered spring training at least as a possible piggyback option for the rotation, and in the best-case scenario, he would earn a spot on the starting staff.
Alzolay was a leading candidate for the fourth spot behind Kyle Hendricks, Marcus Stroman and Wade Miley, and Steele also was among the options for a back-end spot.
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With Alzolay’s injury, Steele looms larger in the rotation mix. He’s a bona fide candidate to start, and if he takes a step from last season could be a key member of the staff.
“You saw what a big role he played…