The Chicago Cubs have a new pitching coach. 


Former​ Red Sox and Royals southpaw Tommy Hottovy has been promoted to the role after previously serving as the Cubs' "run ​​prevention coordinator." Hottovy pitched for two seasons in the bigs, playing for Boston in 2011 and Kansas City in 2012.

​​Hottovy replaces Jim Hickey, who only spent one year in the role before ​stepping down for personal reasons. Hickey was brought in before the 2018 campaign to replace the recently departed Chris Bosio after having spent the previous 11 seasons as the pitching coach in Tampa Bay.


In addition to naming promoting Hottovy, the Cubs have added former outfielder Chris Denorfia to Joe Maddon's staff as a quality assurance coach.

Denor​​fia played 11 seasons for five MLB teams, finishing his career with the Cubs in 2015.


The Cubs have more to do to keep pace with the Brewers and the ​rapidly rising Cardinals in the NL Central. Now that their staff is squared away, they can focus on improving their roster.