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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cubs Release Ryan Roberts, Reassign Chris Coghlan to Minor League Camp

The Cubs officially trimmed their spring roster to 30 players on Thursday after reassigning Chris Coghlan to minor league camp and releasing Ryan Roberts. The Cubs set the position player side of the Opening Day roster when Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish were told they made the team. Chris Coghlan and Ryan Roberts were informed […]

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, […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/24/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (12-15) vs. Padres (8-12) Game Time – 9:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 6.17, 1.29) vs. Eric Stults (1-1, 7.15, 1.68) With only five games left before the team breaks camp on Thursday, the Cubs play the first […]

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 […]

Castro Sidelined, Arrieta Close to Throwing Off a Mound, Buckner Retires and Cubs Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Monday that Starlin Castro will miss 7-10 days with a mild right hamstring strain. Castro suffered the injury Sunday trying to steal second base in the first inning. Following the game against the Royals, Castro downplayed the injury and said it was not as bad as the one that cost him around […]

Samardzija and Barney Address Trade Talk

Jeff Samardzija said he would be surprised if he was traded before Opening Day following his start Thursday in Mesa. Several teams had scouts on hand (Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Nationals, Mariners, Diamondbacks) and many of them were thought to be at Cubs Park to see Samardzija. Bruce Levine reported former Cubs’ GM Ed Lynch, […]