Randy Wells and Welington Castillo Optioned to Triple-A Iowa in Latest Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts … Samardzija and Volstad Named to Rotation

As expected the Cubs made several roster moves Thursday morning. According to multiple reports, Randy Wells and Welington Castillo were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Steve Clevenger will begin the season as the Cubs’ back-up catcher. Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, Scott Maine and Casey Coleman were also optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs also announced Jeff […]

Samardzija Sharp … Cubs Toss Another Spring Shutout – Cubs 2, Indians 0

Spring Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 2, Indians 0 WP – Jeff Samardzija (3-1) LP – Josh Tomlin (0-2) Save – Rafael Dolis (3) The Cubs posted their second straight spring win on Wednesday afternoon and dating back to March 21, Dale Sveum’s team has won five of seven. The Cubs pitching staff posted their second […]

It’s Decision Time for the Chicago Cubs

According to multiple reports, Dale Sveum and his coaching staff will meet following Wednesday’s exhibition game against the Cleveland Indians to discuss the Opening Day roster. Sveum said Tuesday that 95 percent of the decisions will be made Wednesday night with announcements expected Thursday. The Cubs’ skipper reiterated Tuesday that the guys need to know […]

Cubs Hang On for the Spring ‘W’ – Cubs 7, Reds 4

Spring Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 7, Reds 4 WP – Lendy Castillo (1-1, BS 1) LP – Clayton Tanner (0-1) Save – None The Cubs did not trail in Tuesday’s spring game against the Reds after they put up three runs over the first five innings against Mat Latos. Darwin Barney (3-for-4 with two doubles, […]

Cubs Pitching Steps Up in the Split Squads – Cubs 2, Padres 0 – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 3

Spring Game Twenty-Six – Cubs (SS) 2, Padres 0 WP – Paul Maholm (1-1 LP – Tim Stauffer (1-2 Save – Rafael Dolis (2) Spring Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs (SS) 2, Diamondbacks 3 WP – Ian Kennedy (2-2) LP – Jay Jackson (1-1) Save – J.J. Putz (1) The Cubs played their fifth and final […]

A Good Day for the Cubs in Goodyear – Cubs 6, Indians 2

Spring Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 6, Indians 2 WP – Rodrigo Lopez (1-0) LP – Jeanmar Gomez (1-1) Save – None The Cubs got back in the spring win column on Sunday afternoon in Goodyear. Dale Sveum’s offense pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of four miscues by the Indians. Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with […]

Four Longballs, Matt Garza and a Spring Win in Surprise – Cubs 11, Rangers 4

Spring Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 11, Rangers (SS) 4 WP – Matt Garza (2-2) LP – Colby Lewis (0-2) Save – None The Cubs came out swinging in Surprise on Thursday afternoon and scored runs in five of the nine innings. The offense put up 11 runs against Rangers’ pitching on 15 hits, nine went […]

Sveum’s Cubs Outpitch a Brewers Split Squad – Cubs 6, Brewers 1

Spring Game Seven – Cubs 6, Brewers 1 WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Chris Narveson (0-1) Save – None A day after holding the White Sox to one run on four hits, Dale Sveum’s pitching staff held a Brewers’ split squad team to one run on six hits. Ryan Dempster made his second […]

Cubs Get No Relief Against the Mariners – Cubs 3, Mariners 10

Spring Game Five – Cubs 3, Mariners 10 WP – Brandon League (1-0) LP – Carlos Marmol (0-1, BS 1) Save – None Chris Volstad made his Cubs’ debut Thursday in Mesa and became the second Cubs’ pitcher to throw three innings in as many days. Volstad was very solid against the Mariners and allowed […]

Samardzija Surprises in Spring Debut – Cubs 6, Royals 4

Spring Game Four – Cubs 6, Royals 4 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Jonathan Sanchez (0-1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija has been saying for several weeks that he wants to be a big league starting pitcher. Samardzija told everyone that was his goal and he has been working all off-season preparing to […]