Player News - Cubs

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Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 9-2 win over the Reds on Wednesday.

Both runs scored in the fourth inning, including a solo homer from Adam Duvall. Hendricks threw a career-high 117 pitches in the victory while striking out five and walking a pair. And while this doesn't matter to fantasy owners, he also dropped down a nice squeeze bunt to score a run. The 26-year-old now sits at 6-6 with a 2.76 ERA. He’ll face the Reds again next time out, but this time at home in Chicago.
Jun 29 - 4:13 PM

Anthony Rizzo had a three-run, inside-the-park homer in Wednesday’s win over the Reds.

With two runners on in the first inning, Rizzo hit a ball to left-center field which appeared to deflect off Adam Duvall’s glove and hit Billy Hamilton in the face/head. The ball then bounced to the wall, which allowed all three runs to score. It was the first inside-the-parker of Rizzo’s career. The 26-year-old has been red-hot this month and is hitting .284/.407/.576 with 19 homers and 58 RBI on the year.
Jun 29 - 4:12 PM

Addison Russell slugged a solo homer against the Reds on Wednesday.

Russell finished the afternoon 1-for-3 with a walk. With a .236/.331/.388 batting line, the 22-year-old hasn’t taken the leap forward many fantasy owners were hoping for this season, but he’s up to eight homers and 41 RBI through 72 games. He’s obviously in a great spot to continue to amass fantasy value.
Jun 29 - 4:11 PM

Cubs LHP prospect Carson Sands hurled seven scoreless innings Tuesday in a win for Low-A South Bend.

He finished with four strikeouts while allowing just one walk. The victory snapped a three-start winless streak for Sands. Opponents have hit just .215 against the right-hander this year and have yet to homer off him in 200 at-bats. Unfortunately his K/BB sits at a disappointing 1.26 (34 Ks, 27 BB). He'll need to correct that if he wants a promotion to High-A Myrtle Beach at some point this year.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 29 - 1:00 PM

Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Wednesday versus the Reds.

Contreras has been holding down left field recently, so this will be his first start behind the plate since Friday. The 24-year-old is batting .355/.459/.677 with three homers and nine RBI through 37 plate appearances in the majors.
Jun 29 - 10:05 AM

Jason Heyward is not in Wednesday's lineup versus the Reds.

The Cubs will go with Matt Szczur, Albert Almora, and Ben Zobrist from left to right in their outfield. Javier Baez, fresh off his grand slam in extras on Tuesday, will play second base.

Clayton Richard (blister) struck out two batters in a scoreless inning Tuesday in a minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Iowa.

It was his first appearance since being placed on the disabled list with a blister last week. It's unclear when he'll rejoin the Cubs. The southpaw has an ugly 7.30 ERA in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 29 - 9:00 AM

Jon Lester had to settle for a no-decision but was excellent Tuesday, holding the Reds to one run over 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 extra-innings victory.

Lester held the Reds off the scoreboard until Billy Hamilton slugged a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. He recorded only four strikeouts but wound up allowing just three hits and one walk on the night. Lester lost out on a win when Hector Rondon blew a save, but it was another stellar outing in what has been an excellent season. He'll bring a 2.03 ERA into New York against the Mets on Sunday.
Jun 29 - 12:14 AM

Javier Baez was hitless in his first six trips to the plate but launched a grand slam in his seventh at-bat in the 15th inning of Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Now that's how you turn your night around. Baez lifted a JJ Hoover offering over the center field wall, giving the Cubs some cushion in the extra-inning marathon. The free swinger is hitting just .256/.301/.430 with 40 strikeouts over 172 at-bats, but he's slugged seven homers.
Jun 29 - 12:03 AM

Cubs sent C Tim Federowicz outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Federowicz cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. Assuming he decides to stay with the organization, he'll serve as catching depth in Triple-A.
Jun 28 - 3:57 PM

David Ross will start behind the plate Tuesday versus the Reds.

No surprise with Jon Lester on the hill. He also draws the matchup against the lefty John Lamb for Cincinnati. Willson Contreras is getting another start in left field while Matt Szczur is playing center.
Jun 28 - 2:30 PM

Addison Russell is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Reds.

He's presumably getting a breather. Javier Baez will start at shortstop and bat sixth.
Jun 28 - 2:28 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Cubs OF prospect Ian Happ collected three hits Monday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

He homered and singled twice while plating three runs in Tennessee's 12-1 rout of Pensacola. The home run was Happ's third in his last six games. Happ has been absolutely dominant since his arrival in Pensacola, hitting .733 with six RBI in his first 15 at-bats. The 21-year-old offers an interesting blend of power and speed with nine homers and 10 steals this season.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 2:20 PM

Cubs OF prospect Billy McKinney tripled and drove in four runs Monday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

He probably could have done more damage but the game was called in the sixth inning due to rain. The 21-year-old got off to a slow start this year but has picked it up a bit over the last seven games. He's hit .435 during that span while raising his season average from .245 to .264. McKinney hit .300 in 377 at-bats last season between Tennessee and High-A Myrtle Beach. The former first-round pick joined the Cubs organization in 2014 in a trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland.
Source: MILB.com
Jun 28 - 2:05 PM

Tommy La Stella (hamstring) went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a single Monday in his first minor league rehab game with Triple-A Iowa.

La Stella has been sidelined since June 7 with a right hamstring strain, but he could be ready to rejoin the Cubs within days. The 27-year-old has been a productive bench player this season, batting .291/.378/.494 over 38 games.
Jun 28 - 11:33 AM


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