The Cubs wrapped up the first week of the season with an impressive series victory at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks. The Cubs are 5-1 after the first six games and have outscored their opponents 42-15.
There were a lot of positives over the weekend, and unfortunately one big negative. The Cubs lost Kyle Schwarber for the season after the collision with Dexter Fowler.
The Cubs bounced back from the loss of Schwarber on Friday and finished the first road trip of the season with two victories, one on the excellent start from Kyle Hendricks and one behind the relentless offense.
Here are the headlines from the last three-plus days packed with all of the news, notes, recaps and video to get you caught up before the home opener on Monday night with the 5-1 Cincinnati Reds.
Anthony Rizzo Leads Relentless Offense in Wild Win over D-Backs – Cubs 14, Diamondbacks 6
The weekend started with a win and a lot of concern for the Cubs in Phoenix. The offense outhit John Lackey rough start in his Cubs debut and lit up the scoreboard in the opener of the four-game series.
It was one of those ‘congratulations, I’m sorry’ nights for the Cubs after Kyle Schwarber was carted off the field in the second inning following the violent collision with Dexter Fowler. The accident looked a lot worse than the initial reports and that proved to be the case.
As for the game, Anthony Rizzo tripled, homered and tied a career-high with six RBI.
Recap includes lots of video.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/08/16
It was Opening Day in the minor leagues Thursday and Tom recapped the action from the top four teams in the Cubs’ system.
Jonathan Martinez and Rob Zastryzny had good outings while Ryan Williams struggled in his Triple-A debut.
The affiliates went 2-2 on the first day of the minor league season.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Waiting on MRI Results on Kyle Schwarber and Other News
Friday was spent waiting on the results of the MRI on Kyle Schwarber’s left knee and ankle. Reports throughout the day suggested the injury was much worse than the Cubs hoped. And that turned out to be the case.
The Daily report includes info on ESPN picking up the Cubs-Cardinals opener, Matt Murton, Starlin Castro and his new nickname, “Starsky.” This Day in Cubs History and all of the news, notes and links are packed in the update.
Javier Baez Doubtful to Be Activated from DL for Cubs Home Opener
Prior to Thursday’s opener with the Diamondbacks, Joe Maddon said Javier Baez was doubtful for the Cubs home opener. Baez was hit by a pitch in an extended Spring Training game. Maddon downplayed it and indicated he was ‘brimmed.’ The Cubs shut him down for a couple of days for precautionary reasons.
Instead of Baez being ready just a week into the season, the jammed thumb he suffered sliding headfirst into the first base bag in a Spring Training game has pushed him even further back. Baez will need a rehab stint with Iowa and could return by the end of the homestand that starts Monday.
Kyle Schwarber Out for the Season with Fully Torn ACL and LCL
The Cubs passed on the worst case scenario for Kyle Schwarber. He will miss the entire season with a fully torn ACL and LCL and a severely sprained left ankle.
The Cubs recalled Munenori Kawasaki to take his spot on the active roster and placed Schwarber on the 15-day DL. The Cubs will transfer him to the 60-day DL when a roster spot is needed.
- Kyle Schwarber Out for the Season with Fully Torn ACL and LCL
- From the Wire: Cubs Place Kyle Schwarber on 15-Day DL, Recall Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Iowa
Rough End to a Tough Day – Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2
What was a tough day for the front office, coaching staff and players ended with the Cubs first loss of the season on Friday night.
Jason Hammel had a good outing. Hammel gave up only one run in six innings. The bullpen could not hold the one-run lead it was handed. The Diamondbacks tied the game in the eighth after Maddon decided to pitch to Paul Goldschmidt and won it in walk-off fashion in the ninth.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/09/16
The second day of the season didn’t go well for any of the teams in the Cubs’ system. All four affiliates received several good performances but in the end there wasn’t a single victory in the entire organization on Friday.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Reaction to the Kyle Schwarber News
Kyle Schwarber has the full support of the organization, Joe Maddon, the coaching staff and his teammates as he works to get back on the field.
Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, Anthony Rizzo and David Ross all talked about what Schwarber means to the Cubs and more importantly the person.
The Daily report includes an update on Javier Baez and all of the news, notes, links and This Day in Cubs History.
Dexter Fowler Off and Hitting at Top of Cubs Lineup
Dexter Fowler has gotten off to an excellent start to his season. Fowler joined a rather small list of players in franchise history with multiple hits in the first four games of a season.
Fowler was on base more than 60 percent of the time before reaching two more times on Saturday night.
Report includes video.
Jorge Soler and Cubs Left Field Options
Jorge Soler is expected to see a bulk of the playing time, at least early on, in left field with Kyle Schwarber out for the season. Soler is not the Cubs only option for left field.
Jed Hoyer shared his thoughts on the matter and it doesn’t sound like Javier Baez is one of the options for left field.
Hendricks, Cubs Double Up the D-Backs – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 2
Kyle Hendricks had an excellent first outing of the season. Hendricks outpitched Zack Greinke. Adam Warren and Hector Rondon set down the last seven batters of the game and the Cubs took game three of four in Phoenix.
Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist drove in runs … and Zorilla had a huge game.
The Daily CCO: Leaving Arizona, Schwarber Speaks and Other Cubs News
After spending a majority of the last two-plus months in Arizona, the Cubs departed the Phoenix area for Chicago following Sunday’s game.
Kyle Schwarber talked to the beat writers for the first time after finding out his season came to an abrupt end. Schwarber said he will be back and stronger than ever.
Dexter Fowler compared the collision with Schwarber to a car wreck. And his hip was still sore two days later.
Daily report includes a milestone for a former Cubs infielder (and video), pitching probables for the Reds series, Tyson Ross and all of the news, notes and links.
Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/10/16
South Bend won its first game of the season. Donnie Dewees and Eddy Julio Martinez played a big role in the victory. Brad Markey was really, really good in his Double-A debut. Iowa continued to struggle but Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr., Dan Vogelbach and John Andreoli picked up hits.
Click on the link for all the details from Down on the Farm.
Jake Arrieta and the Relentless Cubs Offense – Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 3
Jake Arrieta gave up three runs in seven innings and he hit a two-run homer, one of the longest homers you’ll see a pitcher hit. Arrieta turned the game over to Justin Grimm in the eighth. Grimm was nasty in the eighth and Neil Ramirez shut the door in the ninth.
Jorge Soler also went yard and drove in two runs. Tommy La Stella and Miguel Montero collected RBI and Jason Heyward singled in Addison Russell to cap the scoring for the Cubs.
Recap includes video of Arrieta’s home run.