The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

Padres Pounce on Cubs Pitching – Padres 7, Cubs 1

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 1, Padres 7 WP – Eric Stults (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-1) Save – None Carlos Villanueva and the bullpen could not keep the Padres off the bases while the offense was not able to string together any hits against San Diego’s staff as the Cubs dropped the […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/24/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (12-15) vs. Padres (8-12) Game Time – 9:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 6.17, 1.29) vs. Eric Stults (1-1, 7.15, 1.68) With only five games left before the team breaks camp on Thursday, the Cubs play the first […]

Cubs Release LHP Tsuyoshi Wada

The Cubs announced the eighth round of spring roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. LHP Tsuyoshi Wada asked for and was granted his release from the organization. Wada was in camp on a non-roster invitation that was agreed upon when he signed a minor league contract with the Cubs in the off-season. Tsuyoshi Wada did not […]

Cubs Option RHP Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced the seventh round of spring roster cuts on Sunday morning. The Cubs optioned RHP Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez was in the mix for a spot in the bullpen after throwing the ball extremely well this spring. In five appearances, Ramirez did not allow a run while surrendering just two hits […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/21/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (10-14) vs. White Sox (7-10) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network, MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale Chris Rusin (2-2, 5.40, 1.03) vs. John Danks (0-0, 2.08, 1.54) The Cubs will spend their last Friday in the Cactus League taking on […]

Olt Set to Start at Third, Castro Closer and Other Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt is getting nearly as much ink as Javier Baez this spring and he could see his first action at third base on Thursday afternoon when the Cubs take on the Mariners at Cubs Park. The vision problems that derailed Olt’s career appear to be behind him and the only question that seems to […]

Baez Goes Yard, Cubs Can’t Finish Off Rockies and Drop Another Spring Game – Rockies 9, Cubs 6

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 6, Rockies 9 WP – Ryan Arrowood (1-0) LP – Paolo Espino (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs were down 5-2 going into the eighth inning. Javier Baez hit a mammoth shot to straight away center off of Rob Scahill that started the comeback. The Cubs scored […]