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Starlin Castro has been scratched from Wednesday's lineup against the Giants due to a family emergency.

It's not known whether he'll require an extended absence. Javier Baez will slide over and make his first major league start at shortstop. Meanwhile, Chris Valaika will play second base.
Aug 20 - 6:02 PM

Cubs prospect LHP Carson Sands gave up a walk and two hits on Tuesday, striking out three batters over three scoreless innings for the Rookie-level Cubs of the Arizona League.

The Cubs were able to sign Sands, their fourth-round pick this past June, to an above-slot bonus with the money saved on first-rounder Kyle Schwarber and second-rounder Jake Stinnett. The 19-year-old left-hander has been outstanding to begin his professional career, allowing just one earned run (0.56 ERA) in 16 innings while striking out 16 batters. Sands likely will open the 2015 season at Short Season Boise, but it shouldn’t take him long to reach a full-season level.
Aug 20 - 3:16 PM

Cubs prospect RHP C.J. Edwards allowed two hits and two walks and struck out seven batters over five scoreless innings on Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee.

Edwards made four starts in April before shoulder inflammation forced him to the disabled list for more than three months. The 21-year-old right-hander has pitched well since returning to Tennessee, posting a 1.96 ERA and 17-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 18 1/3 innings (four starts). Opposing hitters are batting just .177/.268/.274 against him during that span.
Aug 20 - 2:58 PM

Cubs prospect SS Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee.

The home run, a grand slam to the opposite field, was Russell’s 10th since coming over from the A’s on July 6. In general, the 20-year-old has put impressive numbers at Tennessee, batting .301/.348/.556 with 19 extra-base hits, 27 runs and 27 RBI in 39 games. The only thing Russell hasn’t done this season is steal bases, though that should have been expected after he missed most of the first half with a hamstring injury. For that same reason, it would make sense for the Cubs to send him for another tour of the Arizona Fall League.
Aug 20 - 2:10 PM

Chris Coghlan returned to the Cubs' lineup Tuesday.

Coghlan missed Monday's game with a sore toe, but he's fine. "Playing every day is a big part of it, and health," Coghlan said of his success in 2014. "I've always felt during my career that the two things were health and opportunity. So I thank the Lord that I've had both of those this year and things have played out."
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Aug 19 - 10:46 PM

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant (toe) doubled and walked in his return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup Tuesday.

Bryant only missed a couple of days with a left big toe injury. The 22-year-old budding star has 40 home runs and 103 RBI in 126 games this season between the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He should make his major league debut in early 2015.
Aug 19 - 4:33 PM

Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and stolen base on Monday for Double-A Tennessee.

Russell has hit well in Tennessee, putting up a .297/.346/.534 line with eight doubles and nine home runs over 38 games. His season was interrupted by injury, but he has flashed the potential to be an elite shortstop. He should be in Chicago by the end of 2015.
Aug 19 - 9:49 AM

Cubs prospect outfielder Albert Almora went 2-for-5 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.

Almora has not seen any long-term affect after leaving the game while grabbing his hamstring, going 10-for-30 in the eight games since August 8th. The 20-year old Almora is hitting .236/.261/.337 over his first 23 games in the Double-A Southern League, though his future role is unclear due to the sheer volume of high-quality outfield prospects in the Cubs organization.
Aug 19 - 9:35 AM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant expects to return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup on Tuesday.

Bryant sent a scare through the Cubs organization on Saturday when he had to leave a game at Iowa with pain in his left big toe. But an MRI came back negative on Sunday and he was able to do some running without issue on Monday. "I'm ready," Bryant told reporters after Monday's workout. The powerful 22-year-old is not expected to reach the majors until early 2015.
Aug 18 - 4:04 PM

Kyle Hendricks delivered seven innings of one-run ball Monday in the Cubs' 4-1 victory over the Mets.

Hendricks was yet again in full control, limiting the Mets to three hits and two walks over his seven impressive frames while fanning three. The only run he allowed was on a Lucas Duda solo shot in the bottom of the fourth. Hendricks is now 5-1 with a 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 29/11 K/BB ratio in 48 2/3 innings this season. The success feels a bit fluky, but he can no longer be ignored in mixed fantasy leagues. A tough test is next in the Orioles.
Aug 18 - 3:28 PM

Hector Rondon picked up his 18th save of the season Monday as the Cubs took down the Mets.

Rondon gave up a leadoff double to Daniel Murphy but erased the threat by retiring the next three batters in order -- two via strikeout. Rondon has a decent 3.17 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this year. He's poised to finish the season strong.
Aug 18 - 3:24 PM

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer Monday in the Cubs' win over the Mets.

Baez also struck out twice, and has now fanned 24 times in 60 at-bats since his promotion to the major leagues. On the other hand, he is one of only two second basemen in the last 100 years to record five homers in his first 14 big league games. Jason Kipnis was the other.
Aug 18 - 3:18 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Cubs' defeat of the Mets on Monday afternoon.

Rizzo walked in the fourth inning, doubled and scored in the sixth inning, and then hit a solo shot off in the eighth inning. The 25-year-old first baseman had been in a mild slump for part of August but still has a fantastic .276/.376/.507 batting line with 28 home runs and 67 RBI in 122 games this season.
Aug 18 - 3:13 PM

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Monday that the club has no plans to shut down Jake Arrieta.

The out-of-contention Cubs have some young starters who need work like Dan Straily, Felix Doubront, and Jacob Turner, but those opportunities won't come at the expense of Arrieta, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season. Arrieta threw seven shutout frames Sunday against the Mets and boasts a 2.61 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 122/31 K/BB ratio in 117 1/3 total innings this year. He'll be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.
Aug 18 - 1:52 PM

Chris Coghlan is day-to-day with a sore toe.

Coghlan was held out of the Cubs' starting lineup for Monday's series finale against the Mets, but it's not a major issue. The 29-year-old outfielder has posted a surprising .277/.351/.458 batting line in 282 plate appearances this season for Chicago.
Aug 18 - 12:06 PM


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