From the Wire: Cubs Activate Varvaro, Option Germen, Place Denorfia on DL, Call-Up James Russell and DFA Parker

The Cubs announced several roster moves prior to Tuesday’s game in St. Louis. The Cubs activated RHP Anthony Varvaro. The Cubs claimed Varvaro off waivers from the Red Sox on Sunday. Varvaro is out of minor league options and had to be added to the active roster. To make room on the 25-man roster for […]


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The Daily CCO: Changes Coming to the Cubs Bullpen? And Other News and Notes

What was viewed as a strength of the team coming out of Spring Training has turned into a glaring weakness for the Chicago Cubs. And for the fourth time in four seasons a bad bullpen is costing the Cubs games. Prior to this year, the Cubs were not expected to win games. Jed Hoyer has […]


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The Daily CCO: Justin Grimm Beginning Rehab with Iowa and Other Cubs News

According to multiple reports, RHP Justin Grimm has been assigned to Triple-A Iowa to begin a rehab assignment. As of Sunday night, Grimm had not been added to Iowa’s roster. Grimm has been on the DL with right forearm inflammation since April 10, retroactive to April 2, and has not pitched in a game since […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Grind Out a Winning Month and Other News and Notes

The Cubs finished the first month of the season with a 12-8 record and showed steady improvement throughout April. The team ended April with the third best on-base percentage (.329) in the National League behind the Dodgers (.345) and Cardinals (.331) … and fourth in the Senior Circuit in walks (71) seven behind the league […]


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Cubs Reportedly Interested in Veteran Reliever Grant Balfour

According to a report from Patrick Mooney, RHP Grant Balfour is on the Cubs radar as the team searches for solutions in the bullpen. Grant Balfour has a history with Joe Maddon and it was assumed the Cubs would check in with Balfour when the Rays released him this week. According to the report from […]


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The Daily CCO: Maddon’s Fixx for the Pen Could Be for the Starters to Pitch Deeper

After finishing the four-game series in Pittsburgh with a disappointing split, the Cubs will spend the next three days in bleeping Cincinnati with the Reds and its colorful manager. Prior to leaving for the Queen City, Joe Maddon answered questions about his depleted bullpen. Maddon said he was not planning on making any major changes […]


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Rambling About the Cubs While the Prospects Have Arrived

Hello, again everybody. The Cubbies are 8-7, and I must admit, it is a rather disappointing 8-7 at that, but I will say that this team is better than I expected. A team cannot win the pennant in April, but it can definitely lose one. The past few years it seemed like late May arrived […]


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The Daily CCO: Edwin Jackson Could Be Used in Tougher In-Game Situations and Other Cubs News

Edwin Jackson has quietly gone about his business in his new relief role with the Cubs. Jackson has appeared in three games for the Cubs season. Jackson has given up two hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Jackson kept the Pirates off the board Tuesday night to set the stage […]


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The Daily CCO: Time for the Cubs to Just Play Baseball

With all the openers, the built in off days and the Kris Bryant Watch out of the way, it’s time for the Cubs to get into the routine of the season and just focus on the game. The Cubs do not have another scheduled day off until April 30. After the two remaining games with […]


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Cubs Pitching Depth Being Tested, Neil Ramirez Leaves Game with Shoulder Discomfort

Eight games into the season the Cubs pitching depth is getting tested. With RHP Justin Grimm already on the DL and rehabbing in Arizona, RHP Neil Ramirez left Wednesday’s game after throwing only three pitches. Something is wrong with Ramirez’s shoulder. He’s schedule for an MRI on Thursday. And the Cubs are expected to announce […]


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