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Mills set to make first start with Cubs

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By Jimmy Trodglen

Editor

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Alec Mills made his pitching debut with the Cubs in early August when he struck out two in two shutout innings.

He was promptly sent back to AAA Iowa the following day.

But Mills wasn’t sidelined or disillusioned by his brief appearance with the Cubs, he simply pitched so well at AAA that the Cubs had no option but call him back to fill the void of two starters sidelined with injuries.

Mills was called back up Thursday and will make his MLB debut as a starting pitcher against the Reds Friday.

Mills’ first MLB start will come after Tyler Chatwood was placed on the DL with a hip injury and Mike Montgomery hit the DL with a shoulder injury.

Mills, who played baseball at Montgomery Central, is 5-12 with a 4.84 ERA in 23 starts at Iowa. Mills has thrown 124.2 innings and was solid in six innings against Oklahoma City this past Saturday, allowing three hits in six innings. Mills has 108 strikeouts in is 23 appearances.

Mills threw six perfect innings, striking out four in a start with Iowa on Aug. 1. He followed with eight strikeouts and three runs in five innings against Las Vegas less than week later.

Mills’s MLB debut occurred during the 2016 season when he threw in five games with the Royals, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings.

The Cubs (72-53) own a 2.5 game lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. The Reds (56-71) will throw Matt Harvey, who is 6-7 with a 4.91 ERA.

Parsons remains at AAA Gwinnett

Wes Parsons (Clarksville High) continues to pitch well at Gwinnett, the Braves’ AAA affiliate. Parsons, who made his MLB debut earlier in August with the Braves, is 6-3 with a 3.43 for Gwinnett. He has started in 12 of his 14 appearances this season. Parsons has 67 strikeouts in 75 innings, to go along with a 1.16 WHIP.

Parson could be recalled to the Braves, who are leading the NL East by three games over the Phillies, when the rosters are expanded on Sept. 1.

Harper working bullpen for Rochester

Ryne Harper (Clarksville High) continues to work out of the bullpen for the Twins’ AAA affiliate at Rochester.

Harper has pitched 20 innings in 17 appearances after being called up from AA Chattanooga. Harper has a 4.50 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.

 Jimmy Trodglen, editor, Twitter@Tnsports360