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Luis Valbuena walked and hit a solo home run in four at-bats in the Cubs' 7-5 loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

Valbuena belted a solo home run to right field off of Mat Latos, the first of back-to-back home runs with Jorge Soler. The third baseman has hit three home runs in his last seven games, giving him 13 on the season along with 43 RBI and a .241/.322/.428 slash line.
Aug 27 - 10:45 PM

Jacob Turner lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs (three earned), in a loss to the Reds on Wednesday.

It was Turner's first start as a Cub after replacing Edwin Jackson in the rotation. The Reds scored twice in the second inning and put up a four-spot in the fourth. Carlos Villanueva relieved Turner with two outs in the inning, but allowed all of his inherited runners to score. Turner yielded seven hits and two walks while striking out one. Turner has ugly numbers, sporting a 5.84 ERA, a 1.63 WHIP, and a 56/25 K/BB ratio. He'll try to improve in a home start against the Brewers on Monday.
Aug 27 - 10:40 PM

Jorge Soler homered in his first major league plate appearance and added an RBI single later, finishing 2-for-4 overall, as the Cubs were defeated by the Reds on Wednesday.

Soler took Mat Latos out to center field for a no-doubt home run, starting off his big league career in fashion. The Cubs have been ushering in the youth movement and Soler is the latest part of that. The 22-year-old should get regular playing time in right field through the end of the season.
Aug 27 - 10:33 PM

Cubs placed OF Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Sweeney, who suffered the injury Tuesday, has now spent time on the disabled list this year with injuries to both hamstrings. He'll be back sometime next month.
Aug 27 - 3:29 PM

Cubs placed OF Justin Ruggiano on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 23, with a sprained left ankle.

Ruggiano was due for a drop in playing time, anyway, with the promotion of Jorge Soler. He'll be a bench bat when he returns next month.
Aug 27 - 3:27 PM

Cubs recalled INF Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa.

Watkins has three hits in 10 at-bats with the big club this season. He'll provide infield depth.
Aug 27 - 3:25 PM

Cubs recalled OF Jorge Soler from Triple-A Iowa.

Soler is in right field and batting fifth in his major league debut Wednesday in Cincinnati. The Cuban defector missed time with a hamstring injury this season but has batted .340/.432/.700 with 15 homers and 57 RBI over 62 games when healthy. The 22-year-old figures to be the everyday right fielder down the stretch with the Cubbies and is worth a shot in all fantasy leagues.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is not in the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

Rizzo exited Tuesday's game due to lower back tightness. It's not considered a big deal, but the Cubs want to be safe. Rizzo should be back in there in a day or two. Chris Valaika is playing first base Wednesday.
Aug 27 - 2:20 PM

Hector Rondon retired the side in order in the ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save in Tuesday's 3-0 win against the Reds.

Rondon had little issue getting through the 3-4-5 hitters in the Reds' lineup, recording a strikeout in the process. The right-hander has converted eight saves in a row, and is 22-for-26 overall with a 2.75 ERA, a 1.15 WHIP, and a fantastic 55/13 K/BB ratio.
Aug 26 - 11:02 PM

Travis Wood fired six shutout innings against the Reds on Tuesday, resulting in his eighth win of the season.

Tuesday's performance was the best Wood has pitched in over two months. It was a welcome sight, as the lefty limited the Reds to two hits and a walk while striking out five on a rainy evening. Wood has a 4.72 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and a 131/67 K/BB ratio, which he'll bring into Sunday's road start against the Cardinals.
Aug 26 - 10:55 PM

Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win against the Reds.

Alcantara padded the Cubs' lead to 3-0 with his two-run, seventh-inning blast off of Johnny Cueto. The center fielder has hit well lately, batting 8-for-20 with a pair of home runs over his last five games. In 187 plate appearances this season, the 22-year-old is slashing .228/.285/.374 with 16 RBI.
Aug 26 - 10:51 PM

Anthony Rizzo left Tuesday's game against the Reds as a precaution due to lower back tightness.

The Cubs double-switched him out of the game with a three-run lead. Rizzo should have a shot to return to the lineup on Wednesday. He slugged his 30th homer of the season in one of his four at-bats before exiting.
Aug 26 - 10:40 PM

Justin Ruggiano (ankle) missed his third straight start Tuesday.

Ruggiano is nursing a sore left ankle. "He's still managing it," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. "We'll see how to proceed with him. It's day to day." While Ruggiano's injury might not be serious, he's due for a big dip in playing time with Jorge Soler slated for a promotion on Wednesday.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Aug 26 - 10:17 PM

Ryan Sweeney left Tuesday's game versus the Reds with a left hamstring injury.

Sweeney was on the DL earlier this year with a strained right hamstring. The Cubs should provide more on his status later Tuesday.
Aug 26 - 8:47 PM

Cubs prospect RHP C.J. Edwards allowed one run on one hit and three walks and struck out eight batters over five innings on Monday for Double-A Tennessee.

Edwards was sidelined for over three months with a shoulder issue and didn’t come off the disabled list until late July. The 22-year-old right-hander has been dealing since returning to Double-A Tennessee, posting a 1.93 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 25-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23 1/3 innings (five starts) in August. He’s also allowed just 12 hits (zero home runs) during that span, good for a .154 opponents’ batting average. The early-season injury has delayed Edwards’ developmental timeline, though he could still be in line for a call-up at this time next year provided he stays healthy.
Aug 26 - 3:18 PM


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