Cubs Plan Another Rehab Start for Arrieta and Olt Has a Chance to Be Everyday Third Baseman

The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Jake Arrieta will make at least one more rehab start before he joins the rotation. Arrieta told the beat writers he feels he is ready to be activated from the DL, but the Cubs would like for him to make one “more short start.” Rick Renteria said “Arrieta’s next […]

Arrieta Could Be Done Rehabbing and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jake Arrieta made his fourth rehab start on Monday night, but it might not be his last. After three very good outings for Double-A Tennessee (0.73 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, six hits, four walks and nine strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings), Arrieta was roughed up for five runs, three earned, on five hits in 5 2/3 […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 04/20/14

Game Seventeen – Cubs (5-11) vs. Reds (7-10) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: WCIU – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 85, 844 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Carlos Villanueva (1-3, 11.57/2.14/4.89) vs. Homer Bailey (0-1, 8.16/2.02/7.19) Happy Easter The Cubs have a shot today to do something the team has not […]

Arrieta’s Rehab Moved to Daytona, Baez Could Return Sunday and Other Cubs News

Happy Easter The Cubs announced Saturday that Jake Arrieta will make his next, and hopefully last, rehab start with the D-Cubs in Clearwater on Monday and not with the I-Cubs as previously reported. Monday forecast in Des Moines did not look favorable, so Arrieta will put on a D-Cubs jersey and face the Threshers (Philadelphia […]

Renteria Meets with the Team, Samardzija Speaks Out and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria met with his team following Friday’s game. Renteria was not happy with what he saw on the field and labeled the way the Cubs played as “a little sloppy.” According to a report from Bruce Levine, Renteria was “upset with what he thought was not the best approach to Friday’s game by his […]

Updates on Arrieta and Baez and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Jake Arrieta completed his third rehab start on Wednesday. Arrieta worked into the sixth inning after retiring 10 in a row at one point and setting down 12 of the first 13 batters he faced to start his afternoon. Arrieta ended up allowing one earned run on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/17/14

Welcome to The CCO’s Thursday addition of Down on the Farm. In today’s article, Arismendy Alcantara comes close to hitting for the cycle, Carlos Penalver keeps on hitting, and Dustin Geiger leads all Cubs minor leaguers with four home runs. There were excellent pitching performances from Paul Blackburn, Jen-Ho Tseng, Jake Arrieta, and Kyle Hendricks. […]

Arrieta Closing In On Joining Cubs Rotation and Other News and Rumors

According to a report from the Tribune, Jake Arrieta could be close to joining the Cubs’ rotation. Arrieta was scheduled to make his third rehab start on Tuesday but rain cancelled the Smokies game and Arrieta’s start was pushed to Wednesday. Arrieta told Mark Gonzales he would like to make one more rehab outing after […]

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 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 […]