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 […]

Olt and Kalish In, Cubs to Make Pitching Decisions Over the Weekend

With the roster moves and announcements the Cubs made on Thursday, the Opening Day roster is almost set. Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish made the Cubs roster and will be with the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. Olt and Kalish reported to camp healthy and ready to compete for a job with the big league […]

Cubs Roster Coming into Focus with the End of Spring Training in Sight

The Cubs inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after the Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers, George Kottaras was released, John Baker was named the team’s backup catcher and the announcement was made Eli Whiteside would start the season in Iowa. The Spring Training roster officially stands at 32 players and the 40-man […]

Diamondbacks Rock Rusin – Diamondbacks 14, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Thirty-One – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 14 WP – Brandon McCarthy (2-0) LP – Chris Rusin (3-3, BS 1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija made his last spring start Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale and handed the game over to Chris Rusin in the fourth with the Cubs up 2-1. Chris Rusin could not […]

The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

Padres Pounce on Cubs Pitching – Padres 7, Cubs 1

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 1, Padres 7 WP – Eric Stults (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-1) Save – None Carlos Villanueva and the bullpen could not keep the Padres off the bases while the offense was not able to string together any hits against San Diego’s staff as the Cubs dropped the […]

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 […]

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3 Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 3, Reds 8 WP – Tony Cingrani (2-1) LP – Edwin Jackson (1-3) Save – None Anthony Rizzo drove in two of the Cubs three runs but the Cubs pitching staff could not keep the […]