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Edwin Jackson has been demoted back to the bullpen.

Jackson gave up five runs in just 2/3 of an inning Friday against the Dodgers, so the Cubs are abandoning the experiment. He has a 6.38 ERA and 1.65 WHIP in 139 2/3 total innings this season for the Cubs.
Sep 23 - 5:24 PM

Travis Wood was tagged for seven runs -- six earned -- in five innings Monday in a loss to the Cardinals.

Wood isn't expected to start again this season, so unless he gets into a game in relief, he'll finish up with a 5.03 ERA. It's a far cry from last year's 3.11 mark, and the Cubs have to already be debating whether it's going to be worth keeping him around as they seek to upgrade their rotation this winter. Unfortunately, he's not going to have much trade value at all.
Sep 22 - 11:14 PM

Welington Castillo (ribs) homered Sunday in his return to the Cubs' starting lineup.

It was an eighth-inning solo shot off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez. Castillo suffered a right rib contusion on Friday, but it's obviously feeling better now. The 27-year-old catcher has 12 home runs this season.
Sep 22 - 4:12 AM

Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Valbuena has been hitting well of late, as he's 8-for-19 with two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored over his past five games. Valbuena is hitting .252/.338/.443 with 51 RBI and 66 runs scored in what will represent a career year for the 28-year-old.
Sep 21 - 8:06 PM

Jacob Turner allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings in a loss to the Dodgers Sunday.

Turner gave up three extra-base hits among his eight hits allowed, including Matt Kemp's two-run homer. The loss was the third straight for Turner, dropping him to 5-11 with a 6.33 ERA. Turner will have one more chance to impress the Cubs brass before the offseason, starting Saturday at the Brewers.
Sep 21 - 7:48 PM

Chris Coghlan had a monster day Saturday against the Dodgers, capped with a go-ahead two-run homer in an eventual 8-7 victory.

The Cubs trailed 7-2 before scoring four runs in the seventh inning and two more on Coghlan's blast off Brian Wilson in the eighth. He finished the day 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, a walk, three RBI, and three runs scored. It was the third two-homer game of his career. Coghlan has been a nice surprise with the Cubs this season, batting .283/.349/.449 with eight home runs, 38 RBI, and six stolen bases over 118 games.
Sep 20 - 6:00 PM

Hector Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth inning Saturday against the Dodgers for his 26th save of the season.

Rondon set the side down in order and struck out Matt Kemp swinging to end it. The 26-year-old has converted each of his last 12 save chances. He has 26 saves on the year to go along with a 2.58 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 61/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings.
Sep 20 - 6:00 PM

Felix Doubront was rocked for six runs over just 2 1/3 innings Saturday against the Dodgers.

Doubront allowed six hits (including two home runs from Adrian Gonzalez) and was chased after giving up four runs in the third inning. He struck out two and walked two in the no-decision and now owns a 3.98 ERA and 8/6 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings over his first four starts with Chicago. He'll try to rebound when he makes his final start of the season next weekend against the Brewers.
Sep 20 - 5:59 PM

Arismendy Alcantara launched a three-run homer and drew a walk Saturday against the Dodgers.

Alcantara's seventh-inning blast brought the Cubs within one run before Chris Coghlan put them ahead in the eighth. The 22-year-old has struggled to make contact during his first taste of the big leagues and owns a .214 batting average to go along with a 78/17 K/BB ratio, but he has helped fantasy owners by amassing 10 home runs, 26 RBI, eight stolen bases, and 31 runs scored in 63 games.
Sep 20 - 5:58 PM

Travis Wood will make his final start of the 2014 season on Monday when the Cubs host the Cardinals.

Fantasy owners who are looking to stream pitchers over the final week of the season should note that Wood is no longer scheduled for two starts. Kyle Hendricks, who starts on Tuesday, will start the season finale against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Sunday.
Sep 20 - 11:37 AM

Welington Castillo (ribs) is not in the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning after sustaining a right rib contusion. John Baker will get the call behind the dish and hit eighth against Roberto Hernandez on Saturday.
Sep 20 - 10:34 AM

Edwin Jackson’s return to the Cubs’ rotation was brief, as he allowed five runs over just two-thirds of an inning in a loss to the Dodgers.

Jackson surrendered four hits – including a home run – while walking one and not recording a strikeout. The righty was actually sporting good velocity, but he obviously threw a bunch of hittable pitches and the Dodgers had no issues squaring him up. Jackson and his 6.38 ERA will likely get another start next week, but obviously fantasy owners don’t need to go anywhere near him.
Sep 19 - 6:06 PM

Jorge Soler had an RBI triple in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

It was the rookie's first ever three-bagger in the majors. Soler had one of 11 Cubs hits and scored one of their five runs on the day, but they were handily out-slugged 14-5. He's hitting .361/.397/.738 so far in the bigs.
Sep 19 - 6:03 PM

Welington Castillo has been diagnosed with a left rib contusion.

Castillo exited Friday's game in the first inning with the injury. He'll be re-evaluated before it's determined how much time he might miss.
Sep 19 - 4:12 PM

Welington Castillo left Friday's game against the Dodgers with an apparent back injury.

Castillo appeared to tweak his back in the top of the first inning and was pinch-hit for by Rafael Lopez in the bottom of the frame. The Cubs should have more on Castillo's status later Friday.
Sep 19 - 3:02 PM


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