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Cubs’ Justin Steele looms larger in starting rotation mix

Cubs' Justin Steele looms larger in starting rotation mix

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.

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