The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]

Jake Arrieta Completes Simulated Game, Likely to Miss First Two Weeks of the Season

Jake Arrieta completed a simulated game and faced hitters Sunday for the first time this spring. Chris Bosio and Rick Sutcliffe were two of the four coaches on hand Sunday to watch Arrieta, along with one of the Cubs’ trainers. Arrieta reportedly threw 24 pitches during BP with his fastball in the low-90s (90-92 mph) […]

Baez Scheduled for Second Base This Week, Arrieta to Throw Live BP and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Rick Renteria said Saturday that Javier Baez will play second base either Monday or Tuesday. The Cubs have two games Monday, one in Phoenix against the Athletics and they host the Angels at Cubs Park. The team travels back to Surprise to take on the Rangers under the lights Tuesday night. Renteria said Baez’s work […]

Cubs Reassign Kyle Hendricks to Minor League Camp

A day after tossing three innings of shutout ball against the Dodgers, the Cubs reassigned RHP Kyle Hendricks to minor league camp. The Cubs announced the spring roster move Saturday. With Hendricks no longer in big league camp, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 53 players. Kyle Hendricks made three Cactus League starts and […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

A Little Two-Out Spring Magic – Cubs 5, Dodgers 4

Spring Training Game Fifteen – Cubs 5, Dodgers 4 WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-0) LP – Jamey Wright (1-1) Save – Alberto Cabrera (2) The Cubs scored four runs in the sixth inning, all with two outs, and held on to beat the Dodgers 5-4 on Friday afternoon in front of a Cactus League record […]

Has a Healthy Ryan Kalish Sped Up the Cubs Timeframe on Dealing Nate Schierholtz?

The Cubs figure to turn several short term assets into multiple long term pieces before the July 31 trade deadline. It is highly unlikely that players such as Carlos Villanueva and Jose Veras are with the team on August 1 and that was thought to be the case with Nate Schierholtz. The Cubs’ right fielder […]

Cubs Strikeout Against the Indians – Indians 7, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Eight – Cubs (ss) 2, Indians 7 WP – Carlos Carrasco (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-2) Save – None Half of the Cubs’ spring roster struggled against Indians’ pitching for the second day in a row as the Cubs lost to the Tribe 7-2 on Friday afternoon at Cubs Park. Kris […]

The Moose Was Loose In Mesa – Royals 5, Cubs 3

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 3, Royals 5 WP – Wade Davis (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Michael Mariot (1) On a chilly day in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,680, Mike Moustakas hit a pair of home runs and drove in three of the Royals’ five runs […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Royals – 03/02/14

Spring Training Game Three: Cubs (0-2) vs. Royals (2-1) Game Time – 2:05pm CST Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Wade Davis (0-0, -.–, -.–) Field permitting … The Cubs will try to resume their Cactus League schedule this afternoon after rains washed […]