Cubs Ramblings from the Scoreless Bronx

Hello again, everybody. It was another rough week for the Northsiders in what is bound to turn into many, many, and many more rough weeks for this team. I have some observations and truths to share with you below. I will try to keep it lighthearted, but some things just need to be said. With […]

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 […]

From the Wire … Cubs Option Chris Rusin to Iowa, Set to Recall Blake Parker

According to multiple reports following Saturday’s game, the Cubs optioned LHP Chris Rusin back to Triple-A Iowa. Rusin was recalled prior to Saturday’s game in St. Louis. After Rusin allowed one run on three hits with one walk and one strikeout in relief of Carlos Villanueva, the Cubs optioned Rusin out in order to recall […]

Not in the Cards for Villanueva and the Cubs – Cardinals 10, Cubs 4

Game Eleven: Cubs 4, Cardinals 10 WP – Adam Wainwright (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-3) Save – None It was a mismatch on paper when the pitching matchups were announced and it ended up being a mismatch on the field on Saturday afternoon in St. Louis as the Cardinals pounded the Cubs. The Cardinals sent […]

From the Wire … Cubs Recall Chris Rusin, Option Brian Schlitter to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday morning and optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Iowa. The roster move should not come as a surprise with the Cubs adding Rusin to the big league roster. Rusin will be available out of the pen for Saturday’s game and should […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/10/14

It was home opener week down on the farm as both Kane County and Tennessee won their first home games of the season. Jen-Ho Tseng made his debut while Gerardo Concepcion was very good in relief. C.J. Edwards was solid for the Smokies on Wednesday. But the big news from the middle of the week […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/07/14

Welcome everyone to a new minor league season. Jacob Hannemann, Pin-Chieh Chen and Gioskar Amaya have started the season hot at the plate, while Tyler Skulina, Daury Torrez and Tayler Scott have sparkled on the mound. Albert Almora ended his 0-for start to the season in a big way on Saturday night. Almora went 5-for-6 […]

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 […]