Player News - Cubs

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Jake Arrieta yielded three earned runs over four innings Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the Giants.

Denard Span led off the game with a solo homer and then Jarrett Parker followed a Brandon Crawford double with an RBI single. San Francisco struck again in the second inning when Span singled, stole second base, and scored on an Arrieta wild pitch. It's been a mediocre spring so far for the 31-year-old right-hander, but he still carries top-tier fantasy upside into the 2017 campaign.
Mar 28 - 5:50 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he hasn't considered placing Addison Russell (back) on the disabled list.

"I'm certain he's going to be fine," said Maddon. Russell has missed the past week with back soreness but is on the mend and could return to game action before the end of spring training. Among major league shortstops, only Carlos Correa drove in more runs than Russell last season.
Mar 28 - 3:20 PM

Cubs released INF Munenori Kawasaki.

Kawasaki, 35, appeared in 14 games with the Cubs last season and batted .255/.352/.312 over 102 games in Triple-A. He's a clubhouse/fan favorite and the Cubs would surely like to work out a new deal, but he could find a more appealing opportunity elsewhere.
Mar 28 - 12:17 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is back in the Cubs' Cactus League lineup on Tuesday.

Zobrist has been sidelined for over a week due to neck stiffness, but he plans to play Tuesday and Wednesday in Cactus League action and get some extra at-bats on the minor league side. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to go for Opening Day.
Mar 28 - 11:26 AM

Addison Russell (back) hopes to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Russell has been out of action since last Wednesday due to back soreness. He doesn't expect to require a stint on the disabled list, but the situation will warrant monitoring if he isn't ready Wednesday.
Mar 28 - 11:17 AM

Jon Lester was charged with four runs over six innings against the Indians on Monday in his final spring tune-up.

Lester surrendered five hits, didn't walk anyone and struck out five batters. Abraham Almonte took the left-hander deep. The veteran left-hander hasn't been particularly sharp this spring with a 5.73 ERA, but that hardly matters. Lester will face the Cardinals Sunday on Opening Night.
Mar 27 - 11:45 PM

Willson Contreras launched a pair of solo homers against the Indians on Monday.

Both of the longballs came off of Danny Salazar and were Contreras' fourth and fifth during Cactus League play. Contreras is hitting .340 with a 1.137 OPS this spring and is arguably a top-five catcher in fantasy drafts.
Mar 27 - 11:38 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Rob Zastryzny to Triple-A Iowa; re-assigned 2B Ian Happ, OF John Andreoli and C Taylor Davis to minor league camp.

Zastryzny had a shot at a bullpen spot, but he struggled with a 7.36 ERA this spring. He'll be up at some point when a lefty reliever is needed.
Mar 27 - 7:37 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Eddie Butler to Triple-A Iowa.

Butler held a 3.07 ERA and 0.95 WHIP for the Cubs this spring, although he struck out just seven over 14 2/3 innings. The former top prospect will be part of Iowa's rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:34 PM

Kyle Hendricks got food poisoning this weekend in Las Vegas.

Hendricks said he stopped at a taco place and called it a "bad decision." He spent most of the day Monday in the training room at the Cubs' spring training facility, but this is not something that should affect his readiness for the opening of the 2017 campaign. Hendricks, last year's ERA king, is scheduled to start the Cubs' fifth regular-season game.
Mar 27 - 3:49 PM

Addison Russell (back) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Monday.

Russell hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since last Wednesday because of a stiff back, but it sounds like the Cubs are simply playing it safe. The young shortstop should be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 3:36 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) remains out of Cactus League action on Monday.

Zobrist has been out for over a week because of a stiff neck, though it sounds like he might return Tuesday. The veteran second baseman should be fine by the first game of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 27 - 3:34 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is aiming to return to the lineup on Monday or Tuesday.

Zobrist hasn't played in a week because of a stiff neck. The Cubs are probably just playing things cautiously here, as a veteran like Zobrist doesn't need a ton of spring training at-bats.
Mar 26 - 1:21 PM

Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Reds.

Spring results matter naught for the reigning NL MVP, but for history's sake, his two-run home run on Saturday was his fourth of the spring, the double his second. The stud third baseman is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .292/.385/.554 with 39 homers and 102 RBI over the course of 603 at-bats.
Mar 25 - 8:41 PM

Kyle Hendricks walked four but did not allow a run over three innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Reds.

Hendricks managed to work past his control issues to toss three scoreless frames, scattering three hits and striking out one along the way. The National League's ERA leader from 2016 has been back to his old tricks since the start of camp and currently boasts a 2.16 ERA across 16 2/3 spring innings.
Mar 25 - 8:32 PM


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