Player News - Cubs

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Cubs acquired OF Terrance Gore from the Royals for a player to be named later or cash considerations; assigned him to Triple-A Iowa.

The 27-year-old speedster has spent the entire 2018 season in Triple-A, slashing just .211/.304/.254 in 67 games. Gore has one home run (and 309 stolen bases) in 2,242 professional plate appearances between the minors and majors. He could potentially join the first-place Cubs as a designated pinch-runner when MLB rosters expand in September.
Aug 15 - 11:37 AM

Anthony Rizzo is back in the cleanup spot for the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon against the Brewers.

Rizzo spent the last 28 games serving as the Cubs' everyday leadoff man and did very well in that role, but manager Joe Maddon wanted to mix things up following a deflating 7-0 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Javier Baez will take a turn at the top Wednesday versus Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra.
Aug 15 - 11:12 AM

Brandon Morrow (biceps) is scheduled to resume throwing off a mound this weekend.

Morrow has been sidelined since the All-Star break due to discomfort in his lower right biceps and there is currently no timetable for his return to the Cubs' bullpen, though a successful mound workout would obviously be a significant step in the right direction. "It’s just kind of a deep thing that’s just sticking around. I can’t put my finger on it," Morrow said Tuesday. "I think the muscle is healed though. So throwing around some discomfort is going to be OK. I’m going to see if it’s good when I continue to stretch it out." Pedro Strop has been serving as the Cubs' primary closer in Morrow's absence.
Aug 15 - 10:20 AM

Jose Quintana surrendered five earned runs over five innings Tuesday in a loss to the Brewers.

The long ball did him in Tuesday afternoon at Wrigley Field, as Lorenzo Cain hit a solo shot to lead off the game and Ryan Braun added a pair of two-run jacks. Quintana holds a disappointing 4.46 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 125 innings (23 starts) this season with Chicago. He'll get the Pirates on the road next.
Aug 14 - 5:16 PM

Brian Duensing (shoulder) played catch from a distance of 105 feet on Tuesday.

Duensing hopes the next step will be a bullpen session by the end of the Cubs' next road trip, which concludes on August 22. The southpaw received a cortisone injection after landing on the disabled list earlier this month with left shoulder inflammation.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Aug 14 - 3:03 PM

Kris Bryant (shoulder) fielded grounders Tuesday morning at Wrigley Field.

It's a form of progress, but Bryant has yet to face live pitching and there's no indication yet when he'll do so. As such, there's no clear timetable for his return. Tommy La Stella, Javier Baez, and David Bote have received the recent starts at the hot corner for Chicago.
Aug 14 - 12:05 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) threw around 45 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday morning.

It was broken up into three innings. Cubs president Theo Epstein indicated that the next step could be a minor league rehab assignment, at least assuming Darvish feels good on Wednesday. Darvish has been out since late May with a right elbow impingement and will require multiple minor league rehab starts before being cleared to rejoin the Cubs' rotation.
Aug 14 - 11:52 AM

Addison Russell is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Brewers.

The slumping shortstop will take a seat while Javier Baez gets a start at shortstop. Ben Zobrist is at second base. Tommy La Stella, and not David Bote, will start at third base and bat fifth.
Aug 14 - 10:49 AM

David Bote played the role of hero on Sunday, blasting a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, propelling the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Nationals.

The Cubs' offense had been dominated by Max Scherzer all night and didn't have so much as a scoring threat through the first eight innings. That all changed in the ninth though after Jason Heyward reached on a one-out single, then Albert Almora and Willson Contreras were each hit by pitches. That set the stage for Bote, who was down to his final strike, to club the ultimate walk-off grand slam. He has been mighty impressive in his limited action with the Cubs, slashing .329/.418/.539 with three homers and 18 RBI.
Aug 12 - 11:33 PM

Jason Heyward started a game-winning rally in the ninth inning on Sunday, helping to propel the Cubs to a come-from-behind victory over the Nationals.

The Cubs had been shut out on four total hits through the first eight innings. They found a glimmer of hope in the ninth though after Heyward reached on a one-out infield single. Two hit batsmen and a grand slam later, and the Cubs were walk-off winners. With his 1-for-4 effort on Sunday, Heyward is now hitting .279/.344/.406 for the season.
Aug 12 - 11:26 PM

Cole Hamels was outstanding in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday night, allowing one run on just one hit over seven strong innings.

The left-hander punched out nine on the night while issuing only one free pass. The only base runners against him came in the second inning, where Ryan Zimmerman walked, advanced to third on a single by Daniel Murphy and scored on a sacrifice fly. Hamels has now been terrific in each of his first three starts as a member of the Cubs. He'll look to extend that streak when he carries a 4.22 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Friday's start against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Aug 12 - 11:15 PM

Cubs activated RHP Anthony Bass from the 10-day disabled list; sent him outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Bass is fully recovered from his mild right thoracic strain, but there is no longer room for him in the Cubs' bullpen the way it's currently constructed. He'll get another opportunity at the big league level once rosters expand in September, if not before.
Aug 12 - 5:58 PM

Addison Russell went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

All three of Russell's hits were singles, raising his average to .268. He's been a relative disappointment in the power category -- Russell remains stuck on five homers for the year -- but the rest of his offensive game has taken a step forward from a forgettable 2017 season.
Aug 11 - 8:09 PM

Jon Lester allowed nine runs -- eight earned -- on 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

Lester gave up two runs in the first inning and another in the third, but it was a six-run fourth inning that did him in. Three of those runs were homers, with Ryan Zimmerman double-dipping in the first and third frames. In his last nine starts dating back to June 26, Lester now owns a miserable 7.51 ERA. He's got a much more palatable 3.89 ERA through 24 starts overall, but it's certainly a concerning trend. He'll try to get back in the saddle Friday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Aug 11 - 7:39 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) is scheduled to throw a live batting practice session on Sunday.

The right-hander continues to make progress in his recovery from a right elbow impingement. He's still at least a couple of weeks away from a potential return to the Cubs however.
Aug 11 - 1:49 PM


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