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) […]

Cubs Break Even in the Weekend Series with the Mets – Cubs 6, Mets 3

Spring Training Game Nineteen – Cubs (ss) 6, Mets (ss) 3 WP – Chris Rusin (2-2) LP – Jenrry Mejia (0-1) Save – Alberto Cabrera (3) Dan Vogelbach, Donnie Murphy and Arismendy Alcantara hit solo home runs and Chris Rusin tossed four innings of scoreless baseball as the Cubs beat the Mets in Las Vegas […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/16/14

Spring Training Game Eighteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Indians (ss) (12-3) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Travis Wood (0-1, 7.94, 1.94) vs. Justin Masterson (1-0, 0.00, 0.75) Spring Training Game Nineteen: Cubs (ss) (8-9) vs. Mets (ss) (7-8) Game Time – 3:05pm […]

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 […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Cubs Pen a Spring Loss on the Giants – Cubs 3, Giants 2

Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs 3, Giants 2 WP – Chris Rusin (1-2) LP – Jeremy Affeldt (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jonathan Sanchez (2) The Cubs improved to .500 in Cactus League play Monday on a day the offense did not pick up its first hit until the sixth inning. Matt Cain started […]