Baez Bashes Despite Sore Back, Arrieta Rehabs for a Second Time and Cubs News and Notes

Javier Baez hit a two-run home run on Thursday then told the Des Moines Register after the game that he is “dealing with some minor backs issues.” Baez said Marty Pevey was going to keep him out of the lineup but he “insisted on playing.” Baez said the soreness in his back is from “is […]

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 […]

Bryant Homers, Soler to the DL, Edwards Debuts and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kris Bryant has played two games this season and has two home runs for Double-A Tennessee. After launching his first longball of the year in his first at bat against Mat Latos on Thursday night, Bryant hit his second home run in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game. Bryant went 1-for-4 on Friday night […]

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 […]

Samardzija and the Cubs Will Not Discuss an Extension During the Season and Other News

Jeff Samardzija did his job on Monday and put his team in position to win the ballgame. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball while his defense made the plays behind him when they needed to. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like for Samardzija to sign a long-term extension. And Samardzija would like to […]

The Platoon Advantage and Other Cubs News on the Eve of Opening Day

The front office has constructed a balanced roster for Rick Renteria to start the season. The Cubs will begin the year with six left-handed bats, six right-handed bats and a switch hitter. And look for Renteria to mix and match his lineup often this season. Jed Hoyer addressed the platoon advantage on Saturday morning during […]

Cubs Place Arrieta and Fujikawa on 15-Day DL, McDonald on 60-Day DL

The Cubs made the procedural moves Sunday in order to finalize the Opening Day roster and the first 40-man roster of the season. Jake Arrieta was placed on the 15-day DL retroactive to March 21 with right shoulder tightness. Instead of starting Kyuji Fujikawa on the 60-day DL to start the season, Fujikawa was placed […]

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 […]

Rambling as the Cubs Regular Season is Here

Opening Day is Monday, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the dawn of a new day … is still a year away for Cubs baseball. However, I do expect the Cubs to be noticeably improved from last year with some of the new blood and energy arriving at 1060 W. Addison.   […]