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 […]

Valbuena Homers, Rusin Deals, Cubs Blank the Sox – Cubs 7, White Sox 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 7, White Sox 0 WP – Chris Rusin (3-2) LP – John Danks (0-1) Save – None Luis Valbuena and Chris Rusin stayed hot Friday as they battled for playing time and a roster spot with the big league team. Luis Valbuena (2-for-3 with two home runs and four […]

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 […]

Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of the Dog Days

Hello again, everybody. I know it sounds funny to be dreaming of the dog days of summer, but this Chicago winter wins. It wins more than any winter I can remember, and it wins more than the Yankees, the Cowboys, Duke and Notre Dame combined. That would be Notre Dame, pre-1990. I don’t care what […]

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 […]

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 […]