Off Days, Matchups, a Rumor and Cubs Big League and Minor League News and Notes

With Monday’s off day in the rearview mirror, the Cubs begin a stretch Tuesday night of six games in a row against the Pirates and Cardinals. Following next Monday’s day off, the Cubs will spend two days in the Bronx facing the Yankees. The Cubs have two more off days over the next 10 days […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]

Jake Arrieta Reportedly Set to Make First Rehab Start and Other Cubs News

Happy Minor League Opening Day The Cubs announced Wednesday that Jake Arrieta is ready to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Tennessee. Arrieta completed a simulated game prior to the opener on Monday and said at the time everything went well. Arrieta was to stay with the team until he was ready to begin a […]

Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

Samardzija and the Cubs Will Not Discuss an Extension During the Season and Other News

Jeff Samardzija did his job on Monday and put his team in position to win the ballgame. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball while his defense made the plays behind him when they needed to. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like for Samardzija to sign a long-term extension. And Samardzija would like to […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

Cubs Expected to Announce Decision on Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff by Monday

Dale Sveum will find out by Monday whether or not he will return for the final year of the three year contract he signed in November of 2011. Theo Epstein met with the media prior to Friday’s game in St. Louis and indicated that the evaluation process will be completed by Monday. Epstein said, “We […]

Cubs Looking for a Productive End to the Season and Other News and Notes

Another long season at the big league level is coming to an end for the Chicago Cubs. Just five games remain on the schedule, counting Tuesday’s night game with the Pirates. The Cubs are looking for several players to finish the year on a positive note. Jeff Samardzija had a solid outing on Monday and […]

Welington Castillo to Miss Remainder of the Season and Other Cubs News

Prior to Friday’s game, the Cubs announced that Welington Castillo would miss the remainder of the season with a partial meniscus tear in his right knee. Castillo will have his knee scoped and the rehab time is around four to six weeks. Castillo will be ready to go in February when pitchers and catchers report […]

Kevin Gregg Blasts the Cubs, Could Be Released on Saturday

Updated 9:10am CDT , September 21 – Cubs Will Not Release Kevin Gregg for his actions on Friday There is a pretty good chance that Kevin Gregg had a Friday afternoon he would like to forget. After imploding on the mound and equaling a season-worst four runs allowed on just three hits, Gregg proceeded to […]