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Tsuyoshi Wada (groin) will make a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Wada is fighting his way back from a left groin injury sustained near the end of spring training. Once healthy, he could challenge Travis Wood for the final spot in the Cubs rotation or be utilized as a long reliever at the big league level.
Apr 17 - 8:12 PM

Jason Hammel was charged with four runs over 6 1/3 frames in Friday's loss to the Padres.

Hammel was pulled in the seventh inning with two runners on and a 4-2 lead before watching Brian Schlitter serve up a three-run dinger to Wil Myers. The right-hander struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and one walk. Hammels boasts an 11/1 K/BB ratio through his first 12 1/3 innings, suggesting that his 5.11 ERA is likely to come down in a hurry. He takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh next.
Apr 17 - 5:42 PM

Kris Bryant went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his major league debut Friday.

James Shields overwhelmed Bryant with changeups to get the youngster to go down swinging in each of his first three at-bats and Dale Thayer got him to ground out in his fourth plate appearance. Obviously it wasn't the best debut, although Bryant did make a couple nice plays in the field. Ultimately, Bryant figures to provide plenty of power for fantasy owners right away, but don't be surprised if he strikes out a bunch and doesn't hit for a great average.
Apr 17 - 5:30 PM

Cubs activated OF Chris Denorfia from the 15-day disabled list.

Denorfia picked up one hit in three at-bats during a brief rehab assignment. He'll receive plenty of playing time versus left-handers.
Apr 17 - 10:58 AM

Cubs placed RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 16, with right shoulder inflammation.

The good news is that an MRI didn't reveal any structural damage. It's not clear at this point how long Ramirez will be sidelined. Chris Denorfia (hamstring) has been activated from the DL to take his spot on the roster.
Apr 17 - 10:57 AM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Cubs placed 3B Mike Olt on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 15, with a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

Olt initially hurt the wrist last Saturday, but he was allowed to take a few at-bats after that because initial tests didn't reveal the hairline fracture. It's not clear how long he'll be sidelined, but with Kris Bryant up now, Olt doesn't have a path to playing time.
Apr 17 - 10:51 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of 3B Kris Bryant from Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant is starting at third base and hitting in the cleanup spot in his major league debut Friday. The stud prospect was kept in the minors long enough so that the team could secure an extra year of control, with Bryant batting .321/.364/.679 with three homers and 10 RBI in his first seven contests at Iowa. Viewed by many as the top prospect in the game, Bryant has the potential to be a fantasy monster right out of the gate. Jorge Soler is hitting second and Anthony Rizzo third ahead of Bryant. The Cubs are going with Jonathan Herrera at second base and Welington Castillo at catcher Friday.
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Mike Olt (wrist) will be placed on the disabled list to create room on the big league roster for Kris Bryant.

It was only a matter of time before Bryant staked his claim to the hot corner in Chicago, and would've happened even if Olt hadn't suffered the wrist injury. He can safely be cut in NL-only formats.
Apr 16 - 9:45 PM

Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant will be called up by the Cubs on Friday.

April 17 was the scheduled day that fans had targeted, knowing that's all it took for the Cubs to gain an extra year of team control for the budding superstar. Bryant put on a show in his final game at Triple-A Iowa, blasting a three-run homer. He's likely to be immediately slotted in as the team's everyday third baseman and his power makes him mixed league relevant from day one.
Apr 16 - 9:39 PM

Neil Ramirez will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder.

Ramirez felt discomfort in the shoulder Wednesday while warming up to enter the Cubs' game against the Reds. He faced a batter anyway but had to leave after three pitches. "It's nothing real positive I don't think," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said of his setup man. "I don't like to go to negative town too quickly but we'll see."
Source: ESPN Chicago
Apr 16 - 9:25 AM

Neil Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Reds with right shoulder discomfort.

There's a fairly wide range of diagnoses for such an affliction, so we'll have to wait until Thursday to learn more about the setup man's outlook. Ramirez has been very active early this season for the Cubs, making five appearances in the club's eight games.
Apr 15 - 11:02 PM

Travis Wood earned his first win of the season, shutting out the Reds over seven innings as the Cubs on 5-0 on Wednesday.

Wood couldn't get through the fifth inning in his first start on Friday in Colorado, so Wednesday's effort was a nice recovery. The lefty gave up only three hits (all singles) and two walks while fanning seven batters. He'll take the mound in Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in his next start.
Apr 15 - 10:56 PM

Anthony Rizzo's two-run home run was all the offense the Cubs needed to take down the Reds on Wednesday.

Rizzo finished 1-for-4 on the night. He homered off of Jason Marquis in the first inning to stake the Cubs to a 2-0 lead in what was an eventual shutout win. The homer is Rizzo's first extra-base hit through eight games to start the season. He belted 32 home runs along with 28 doubles last season.
Apr 15 - 10:48 PM

Neil Ramirez left Wednesday's game against the Reds with an undisclosed injury.

Ramirez came on to pitch the ninth inning with a five-run lead, but after three straight balls to Joey Votto he was visited by Cubs trainer PJ Mainville on the mound. Ramirez left with the trainer. Brian Schlitter replaced him in the game. The Cubs should shed some light on his situation shortly.
Apr 15 - 10:34 PM
Mike Olt - 3B - Cubs

Mike Olt (wrist) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup again on Wednesday against the Reds.

Olt was able to enter Tuesday's game as a late sub, but he is still apparently battling some lingering discomfort in his right wrist. Jonathan Herrera is starting at third base and batting ninth.
Apr 15 - 4:19 PM


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