MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that Dan Haren is "shaping up as an August (trade) candidate."
Haren would likely clear waivers with his $10 million salary, so waiting to trade him until next month shouldn't be an issue. The Blue Jays are one club known to have some interest. Frisaro adds that "indications remain" that Mat Latos will be dealt by Friday.
Starlin Castro is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.
It's a day off for the struggling Castro. Addison Russell has slid over to handle shortstop, while Jonathan Herrera is getting a start at second base.
Jorge Soler is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.
It's just a day off. Chris Coghlan has shifted over to right field in Soler's place.
Kyle Schwarber is making his first major league start in left field Wednesday.
Schwarber's bat has been too good to keep out of the lineup, so the Cubs are doing what they can to keep him in there on days he doesn't catch. The youngster is hitting .352/.426/.593 with three homers over 18 games with the Cubs.
Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Ben Rowen from Triple-A Iowa.
Rowen boasts a 1.93 ERA in 34 relief appearances in the minors this season. The side-armer should serve as a matchup guy versus righties.
Cubs recalled RHP Yoervis Medina from Triple-A Iowa.
Medina was just sent down Tuesday, but he's now back to take Neil Ramirez's (abdomen) roster spot. He has allowed seven runs over his last two relief appearances.
Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa.
Beeler was terrible again in a spot start Tuesday, yielding four runs over 1 1/3 innings. It seems unlikely that the Cubs will give him any more starts this season.
Cubs placed RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 26, with left abdominal soreness.
The feeling had been that Ramirez was having more shoulder issues, but apparently it was more of an abdominal problem. Either way, he's going to be out for a while.