Brewers-Cubs postponed; split doubleheader scheduled for Tuesday
Left-hander Justin Steele will make his first career start in Game 1. Alec Mills, who was slated to start Monday, will start Game 2.
The scheduled game Monday between the Brewers and Cubs at Wrigley Field was postponed because of inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader Tuesday, with the first game starting at 1:20 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m.
Left-hander Justin Steele will make the first start of his career in Game 1 for the Cubs. Right-hander Alec Mills, the scheduled starter Monday, will start for the Cubs in Game 2.
Both games of the doubleheader will be seven innings.
Right-hander Rowan Wick has had a long road since spring training. Since suffering an intercostal (rib muscles) injury in September of last season, it has been a slow process to get him back in the Cubs’ bullpen.
But Wick seems to have turned the corner. He has been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa since just after the All-Star break and has been getting innings under his belt to get himself back into game shape.
Wick was at Wrigley Field on Monday, getting checked out for what appears to be the final time before ultimately making his major-league return.
Wick’s return would provide a boost to the bullpen after the Cubs traded their three best relievers — closer Craig Kimbrel and setup men Andrew Chafin and Ryan Tepera — at the trade deadline.
‘‘He’s doing really well,’’ manager David Ross said. ‘‘He had a nice outing [Sunday]. He’s here today to just get checked out. He’s close. . . . I think he’s about ready, and I’m sure he’ll slot right back into the back end of the bullpen.’’
Also, catcher Austin Romine has begun a rehab assignment at Iowa. He has had a frustrating first season with the Cubs. After starting on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right knee, he briefly returned before suffering a severely sprained left wrist that has sidelined him since mid-April.
Romine went 2-for-2 with a double for Iowa on Sunday.
‘‘He’s in that spring-training mode, trying to get back,’’ Ross said. ‘‘He had his rehab go well in Arizona. Now he’s off playing in games [at Iowa], and we’ll just try to build him up and get him ready to help us out.’’