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 […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/19/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three: Cubs (10-12) vs. Rockies (9-10) Game Time – 8:40pm CDT Coverage – TV: MLB Network, MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 5.87, 1.43) vs. Franklin Morales (2-1, 3.97, 1.15) The Cubs hit the road for the second night in a row. […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

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 […]