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Cubs remove RHP Alec Mills from 60-day IL

Sep 28, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Alec Mills (30) delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs activated right-hander Alec Mills off the 60-day injured list prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Mills hasn’t pitched this season due to back and quadriceps injuries. He will be used in a multi-inning relief role, according to Cubs manager David Ross.

Mills initially was sidelined with the back injury and later injured the quadriceps after beginning a rehab stint.

Mills threw a no-hitter for the Cubs in September of 2020 and is 12-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 62 appearances (37 starts) for the franchise since 2018. The 30-year-old went 6-7 with a 5.07 ERA last season in 32 appearances (20 starts) and pitched a career-high 119 innings.

Chicago optioned right-hander Anderson Espinoza to Double-A Tennessee in a corresponding move.

Anderson, 24, made one appearance for the Cubs and gave up two runs in four innings against the Milwaukee Brewers in his major league debut on May 30. He was 0-4 with a 7.31 ERA in eight Double-A starts earlier this season.

–Field Level Media