Player News - Cubs

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David Ross clubbed a solo homer and drew a walk in Thursday’s 7-2 win over the Brewers.

It was his second home run of the season and the 98th of his career. The 39-year-old could see some more playing time with Miguel Montero (back) sidelined, but he’s a poor fit for a significant role at this point in his career. Tim Federowicz was called up from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, but neither are all that interesting from a fantasy perspective.
Apr 28 - 8:54 PM

Jake Arrieta was no Johnny Vander Meer on Thursday, but he was victorious after holding the Brewers to one run over five innings.

Arrieta needed 92 pitches to get through five innings, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six. He gave up an RBI double to Alex Presley in the fifth inning to end his home scoreless streak at 52 2/3 innings. That’s the second-longest such streak in MLB history. Arrieta is now 5-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 32/10 K/BB ratio in 36 innings. He’ll get the division rival Pirates next week.
Apr 28 - 8:53 PM

Kris Bryant will undergo a precautionary MRI on his right ankle.

Bryant suffered a mild sprain of his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning on Thursday. The Cubs appear confident that it's nothing serious, but there should be more clarity on his status soon.
Apr 28 - 6:24 PM

Kris Bryant is being evaluated after he rolled his right ankle while running the bases in the third inning.

Bryant singled and eventually came around to score in the third inning. He was also hit by a pair of pitches during the game, but his exit wasn't related to this injury. More should be known on his status on Thursday evening or Friday afternoon.
Apr 28 - 4:41 PM

Kris Byrant left Thursday's game against the Brewers in the fifth inning after being hit by a pair of pitches.

Bryant was hit by Taylor Jungmann in the first and fourth innings. He ran the bases after being hit in the fourth inning, but Javier Baez eventually replaced him in left field to begin the fifth inning. The Cubs should pass along an update at some point on Thursday evening.
Apr 28 - 4:11 PM

Miguel Montero underwent an MRI for his back.

Montero has already been placed on the disabled list after experiencing a flareup of the chronic bulging disk issue that has bothered him since 2013. It sounds like this could be an extended absence. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will share time behind the plate, with prospect Willson Contreras waiting in the wings for a mid-summer callup.
Apr 28 - 1:06 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Thursday that catching prospect Willson Contreras could make an impact at the major league level in the second half of the season.

Maddon was asked about Contreras in the context of Miguel Montero landing on the disabled list Thursday with a back injury. Contreras is batting .375/.419/.446 in 62 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level and he hit .333/.413/.478 in 521 plate appearances last year at Double-A, but there are still concerns about his defense and game management. David Ross and Tim Federowicz will handle catching duties at the major league level until Montero returns.
Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of C Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Iowa.

Federowicz will give the Cubs depth at catcher while Miguel Montero recovers from a back injury. Federowicz could see a good amount of starts over the next two weeks, but he is a .194/.247/.300 career major league hitter.
Apr 28 - 12:08 PM

Cubs placed C Miguel Montero on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 25, with a back injury.

Montero came down with back stiffness earlier this week and hasn't made much improvement, but the Cubs will hope he only needs two weeks of rest. David Ross is starting behind the plate on Thursday afternoon against the Brewers and Tim Federowicz has been called up from the minors to handle some of the load behind the plate.
Apr 28 - 12:06 PM

Miguel Montero (back) is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Brewers.

Montero's stiff back will get one more day of rest as the Cubs stick with the same lineup from Wednesday's rainout. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth against Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann.
Apr 28 - 10:28 AM

Wednesday's game between the Cubs and Brewers has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Jake Arrieta tossed a no-hitter in his last start and was looking to back that up in Wednesday's outing. With the cancellation, everybody in the Cubs rotation has been pushed back a day. Arrieta will now start against the Brewers in the series-finale Thursday afternoon. He will be opposed by Taylor Jungmann. No makeup date has yet been announced for the rainout.
Apr 27 - 7:23 PM

Miguel Montero (back) is out again Wednesday.

Montero was scratched from the Cubs' lineup Tuesday after coming down with some back stiffness and he'll get another night off Wednesday with cold conditions in the forecast at Wrigley Field. David Ross is catching Jake Arrieta and batting eighth versus the Brewers.
Apr 27 - 3:18 PM

Cubs 3B prospect Jeimer Candelario delivered six RBI Tuesday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

He reached base four times, walking twice with a double and a home run. Tuesday extended his hitting streak to six games, though his season average still sits at a disappointing .217. Among Southern League hitters, only teammate Chesny Young has walked more than Candelario this season (14 BB). Candelario hit .291 for Tennessee in 2015, so he should be able to turn things around pretty quickly. Maybe Tuesday's explosion was a sign of things to come.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 27 - 3:02 PM

Addison Russell hit a two-run triple that helped the Cubs edge the Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday.

With two runners on and two outs in the sixth inning, Russell roped a Carlos Torres pitch to right-center to break a 1-1 tie. He turned on the jets to make it to third standing up for his first triple of the season. After the 2-for-4 night, the 22-year-old is batting .234/.342/.375 with two homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored at the bottom of the Cubs' lineup.
Apr 27 - 12:03 AM

Javier Baez had a pinch-hit single, a stolen base and a run scored against the Brewers on Tuesday.

Pinch-hitting in the seventh inning, Baez singled and stole second base before scoring on Anthony Rizzo's RBI double. Baez finished 1-for-2 in the game. The infielder has found ways to contribute since being activated from the disabled list in mid-April, batting .280/.280/.440 with a solo home run, two steals and five runs scored. With Jorge Soler struggling at the plate, the 23-year-old could see his playing time tick up as he continues to pitch in offensively.
Apr 26 - 11:56 PM


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