All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Cubs Name Carlos Villanueva Fifth Starter, Chris Rusin Optioned to Iowa

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have decided to start the season with Carlos Villanueva in the rotation. Villanueva will slot in behind Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, Jason Hammel and Travis Wood. Villanueva’s first start will be on April 6 against the Phillies. Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and will begin his season […]

Olt and Kalish In, Cubs to Make Pitching Decisions Over the Weekend

With the roster moves and announcements the Cubs made on Thursday, the Opening Day roster is almost set. Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish made the Cubs roster and will be with the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. Olt and Kalish reported to camp healthy and ready to compete for a job with the big league […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. White Sox – 03/27/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (12-18-1) vs. White Sox (9-13) Game Time – 2:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV (White Sox) – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Travis Wood (0-2, 5.91, 1.41) vs. Felipe Paulino (1-1, 6.75, 1.93) The Cubs wrap-up their first spring at Cubs Park this afternoon with the […]

Cubs Roster Coming into Focus with the End of Spring Training in Sight

The Cubs inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after the Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers, George Kottaras was released, John Baker was named the team’s backup catcher and the announcement was made Eli Whiteside would start the season in Iowa. The Spring Training roster officially stands at 32 players and the 40-man […]

Diamondbacks Rock Rusin – Diamondbacks 14, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Thirty-One – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 14 WP – Brandon McCarthy (2-0) LP – Chris Rusin (3-3, BS 1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija made his last spring start Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale and handed the game over to Chris Rusin in the fourth with the Cubs up 2-1. Chris Rusin could not […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/26/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (12-17-1) vs. Diamondbacks (11-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 5.50, 1.72) vs. Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.93, 1.07) The Cubs have four practice games left on the spring schedule and three of […]

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, […]

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 Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]