Cubs need simulated game for 2 relievers

CHICAGO – Four days off at the All-Star break, and one more free day Monday, created a bit of an issue for the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen.

Right-handers Rafael Dolis and Jairo Ascencio both pitched in a simulated game before batting practice Tuesday after not appearing in a regular game in over a week.

Asencio last pitched July 3 at Atlanta when he gave up a run in 2 2/3 innings. Dolis’ last game was also on July 3 when he went just a third of an inning. The last time he went as long as an inning was June 27 at home against the New York Mets.

“It wasn’t a lot (and) they will be able to throw (in Tuesday’s game),” manager Dale Sveum said. “They just needed to get up there against hitters and get on the mound with not having been out there in quite a while.