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Jorge Soler launched one of four Cubs home runs off Jeff Samardzija on Friday as they dispatched of the White Sox 6-3 in Cactus League action.

Soler was the first to take Samardzija out of the yard on Friday, blasting a two-run homer to put the Cubs on the board in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Chris Coghlan would each get in on the fun before the afternoon was through. Soler has been mighty impressive in Cactus League play, hitting .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and nine RBI.
Mar 27 - 8:14 PM

Jason Hammel was strong in Friday's victory over the White Sox, allowing two runs on six hits over his six innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out a pair and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came on a two-run homer off the bat of Tyler Flowers in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old has looked good through five spring starts and his fantasy value is trending upwards with his return to the National League.
Mar 27 - 8:11 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Cubs reassigned C/OF Kyle Schwarber, OFs Albert Almora, Mike Baxter, and Adron Chambers, INF Chris Valaika, RHPs Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, and Gonzalez Germen, and LHP Francisley Bueno to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this group. Schwarber, last year's No. 4 overall pick, and 2012 first-round pick Almora are the biggest names to watch here as they make their way through Chicago's prospect-rich pipeline.
Mar 26 - 4:42 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.

Parker, 29, had a 5.14 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio across 21 innings with the Cubs last season. We'll likely see him in Chicago's bullpen again at some point this year.
Mar 26 - 4:36 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Joseph Ortiz to Triple-A Iowa.

Ortiz, who was claimed off waivers from the Rangers in October, was limited to just 15 appearances in the minors last season due to a fractured left foot. The 24-year-old will serve as organizational bullpen depth.
Mar 26 - 4:33 PM

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) could begin playing in minor league games next week.

Denorfia hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring. His status for the season is in question.
Mar 26 - 4:32 PM

Starlin Castro (groin) is back in the Cubs' Cactus League lineup on Wednesday night.

Castro took a few days off to work out some tightness in his groin. The shortstop fully expects to be ready for the Cubs' Opening Night game against the Cardinals.
Mar 25 - 5:19 PM

Edwin Jackson had a miserable afternoon on Tuesday, surrendering eight runs on nine hits in 1 2/3 innings against the Athletics in Cactus League play.

Jackson was supposed to start for the Cubs in this one, but arrived to the park late after Google Maps routed him to the Athletics former spring training home at Phoenix Municipal Stadium rather than their new dwelling of Hohokam Park in Mesa. Seven of the nine hits he allowed came consecutively in a six-run third inning. He's attempting to make the Cubs as a long reliever, though his 7.59 ERA isn't inspiring any confidence.
Mar 24 - 9:18 PM

Kris Bryant launched his ninth home run of the Cactus League season on Tuesday.

Bryant's towering solo shot came off A's starter Drew Pomeranz in the third inning. It was his lone hit in three at-bats on the afternoon, painfully lowering his spring average to .464 (13-for-28). He has a Cactus League-leading nine homers to go along with 15 RBI. Bryant is going to be sent to Triple-A Iowa when camp breaks, but he'll get the callup about two weeks in and could be a fantasy monster out of the gate.
Mar 24 - 9:13 PM

Starlin Castro (groin) is expected to return to the Cubs' Cactus League lineup on Wednesday.

The original plan called for Castro to return Tuesday, but the Cubs apparently wanted to give him another day as he works his way back from right groin tightness. Either way, it's not expected to impact his availability for the season.
Mar 24 - 3:55 PM

Jon Lester (arm) is expected to throw 60 pitches Thursday in either a minor league game or a B-game.

Lester was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a dead arm, but all involved have downplayed the significance and he made it through a bullpen session Monday without incident. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll make another start next week (likely in another minor league game) as his final tuneup for Opening Night on April 5. It's worth noting that keeping him on the minor league side would allow the Cubs to backdate him on the disabled list if there's an unexpected setback.
Mar 24 - 3:35 PM

Starlin Castro (groin) is out of the starting lineup again Tuesday.

Castro was scratched from Saturday's game due to right groin tightness, but said he planned to return Tuesday. It's not going to happen. The Cubs likely just want to play it safe before putting him back out there, but we should know more soon.
Mar 24 - 12:13 PM

Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-3 with a solo home run as the Cubs fell 6-1 to the Padres on Sunday.

Alcantara homered off of Jose Valverde in the sixth inning, providing the Cubs their only run on the afternoon. The 23-year-old has two homers on the spring, both hit in his last two games. Alcantara will serve as a super-utility player for the Cubs this season. He will strike out a lot, but should be useful for both home runs and stolen bases, giving him mixed league appeal.
Mar 22 - 7:29 PM

Jason Hammel was phenomenal in Sunday's start versus the Padres, recording nine strikeouts in five shutout innings.

Hammel yielded only three hits while issuing zero walks in the outing. The Padres couldn't figure him out, then stormed for three runs in the final three innings of the game after Hammel departed. The right-hander was also sharp his last time out, tossing four scoreless innings against the Royals. It's a good sign for the Cubs, who will have Hammel pitch out of the middle of the rotation.
Mar 22 - 7:18 PM

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