Cubs Plan Another Rehab Start for Arrieta and Olt Has a Chance to Be Everyday Third Baseman

The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Jake Arrieta will make at least one more rehab start before he joins the rotation. Arrieta told the beat writers he feels he is ready to be activated from the DL, but the Cubs would like for him to make one “more short start.” Rick Renteria said “Arrieta’s next […]

Arrieta Could Be Done Rehabbing and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jake Arrieta made his fourth rehab start on Monday night, but it might not be his last. After three very good outings for Double-A Tennessee (0.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, six hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings), Arrieta was roughed up for five runs, three earned, on five hits in 5 2/3 […]

Rizzo Gets Territorial, Trade Chips and Other Cubs News and Notes

Anthony Rizzo left Saturday’s game before the eighth inning with back spasms and his start on Sunday at the time was in doubt. The Cubs had Mike Olt take grounders at first base on Sunday morning in the event Rizzo could not play. Rizzo told the beat writers he jokingly said to Olt not to […]

Arrieta’s Rehab Moved to Daytona, Baez Could Return Sunday and Other Cubs News

Happy Easter The Cubs announced Saturday that Jake Arrieta will make his next, and hopefully last, rehab start with the D-Cubs in Clearwater on Monday and not with the I-Cubs as previously reported. Monday forecast in Des Moines did not look favorable, so Arrieta will put on a D-Cubs jersey and face the Threshers (Philadelphia […]

Renteria Meets with the Team, Samardzija Speaks Out and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria met with his team following Friday’s game. Renteria was not happy with what he saw on the field and labeled the way the Cubs played as “a little sloppy.” According to a report from Bruce Levine, Renteria was “upset with what he thought was not the best approach to Friday’s game by his […]

Arrieta Closing In On Joining Cubs Rotation and Other News and Rumors

According to a report from the Tribune, Jake Arrieta could be close to joining the Cubs’ rotation. Arrieta was scheduled to make his third rehab start on Tuesday but rain cancelled the Smokies game and Arrieta’s start was pushed to Wednesday. Arrieta told Mark Gonzales he would like to make one more rehab outing after […]

Samardzija Remains on the Blue Jays Radar and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Blue Jays are 7-6 after 13 games and are toward the top of a bunched up American League East. Alex Anthopoulos is still looking to add a starter to the top of his rotation. The Blue Jays’ staff is currently ranked sixth in the American League with a 3.61 ERA ( 1.31 WHIP) and […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Baez Bashes Despite Sore Back, Arrieta Rehabs for a Second Time and Cubs News and Notes

Javier Baez hit a two-run home run on Thursday then told the Des Moines Register after the game that he is “dealing with some minor backs issues.” Baez said Marty Pevey was going to keep him out of the lineup but he “insisted on playing.” Baez said the soreness in his back is from “is […]

Renteria Addresses the Lineup, Castro Being Castro and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria discussed his lineups prior to Tuesday’s game. And while the Cubs will use the platoon advantage, several of the right handed hitters that are only facing left handed pitchers right now, will face right handed pitchers as the season progresses. Carrie Muskat reported Renteria “at some point will likely abandon the platoon” but […]