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Chris Denorfia went 1-for-3 with a walk in his return to the lineup Saturday.

It was his first start since April 23, as Denorfia has been battling a nagging left hamstring injury. He'll see most of his playing time versus lefties.
May 3 - 8:18 AM

Jorge Soler is hitting atop the Cubs lineup for the first time in his career on Saturday.

Soler has functioned primarily as the second hitter in Joe Maddon's lineup this season, but he's opted to flip him with Dexter Fowler on Saturday. Perhaps it's being done as an effort to get him to be more patient, as Soler has struck out a league-leading 35 times against eight walks in his first 95 plate appearances.
May 2 - 10:30 AM

Jon Lester registered his first victory as a Cub on Friday, spinning seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over the Brewers.

Lester yielded just three hits (all singles), walked one and struck out four. He had thrown just 90 pitches after seven frames, but manager Joe Maddon elected to pull him in and let Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon close it out. Though he has just the one win and an ugly 4.71 ERA, Lester now boasts a 28/6 K/BB ratio across 28 2/3 innings. He'll take on the Cardinals in St. Louis next.
May 1 - 5:55 PM

Hector Rondon struck out a pair over a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Friday's win over the Brewers.

Rondon painted the corners and blew Ryan Braun and Khris Davis away with 96-98 mph heat. Jason Rogers got to the closer with a two-out double, but Rondon then induced a game-ending groundout by Adam Lind to preserve the one-run victory. Rondon looks like an elite closer so far this season with a 1.64 ERA and 11/1 K/BB ratio over 11 innings.
May 1 - 5:46 PM

Addison Russell belted a solo home run in Friday's victory over the Brewers.

Russell struck out in his other two plate appearances, but his drive over the left-center field wall in the third inning represented the only scoring of the game. The young infielder is hitting just .194/.219/.387 in the early going and batting in the No. 9 spot is unappealing for fantasy owners, but the upside obviously remains.
May 1 - 5:35 PM

Cubs prospect SS Gleyber Torres went 4-for-5 with a double and stolen base on Thursday for Low-A South Bend.

Torres has been on fire to begin his full-season debut, as the four-hit performance raised his batting line to .352/.446/.423 through 20 games. The 18-year-old also has four extra-base hits, seven steals and a 17/12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and he’s now hit safely in four consecutive games. In 2014, Torres batted .297/.386/.440 with 16 extra-base hits and 10 stolen bases in 50 games between the Arizona and Northwest Leagues. Torres is years away from the major leagues but is a name to follow closely in dynasty leagues.
May 1 - 1:16 PM

Javier Baez (family) will make his 2015 debut for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs on Thursday night.

Baez was excused from Triple-A Iowa on April 9 following the death of his 21-year-old sister Noely. The top infield prospect will play second base and bat third in his debut Thursday. He's pretty buried on the Cubs' depth chart now, so it's hard to figure when Baez might return to the major league level.
Source: MLBlogs
Apr 30 - 3:50 PM

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) was able to pinch hit in Wednesday's loss to the Pirates.

He flied out to center in the bottom of the fifth inning and wasn't kept in on defense. The backup outfielder missed the first two weeks of the regular season with a left hamstring strain and still has some lingering discomfort. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 30 - 8:32 AM

Kyle Hendricks limited the Pirates to two runs over five innings on Wednesday, but was handed a loss.

A fourth-inning RBI single by Jung Ho Kang and a fifth-inning bases-loaded walk to Starling Marte accounted for the two runs the right-hander allowed. Overall, he gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out six. Hendricks, who finished with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts last season, hasn't been too effective over his first four starts to the 2015 season. Wednesday's outing lowered his ERA to 5.23 and he carries a 1.21 WHIP and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings as well. Hendricks will look for better results in his next start, when he takes on the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Apr 29 - 11:18 PM

Miguel Montero went 3-for-4 with an RBI single as the Cubs were handed a loss by the Pirates on Wednesday.

All three hits were singles. The first of the trio brought in a run, giving the Cubs an early 1-0 lead and which proved to be the team's only run on the evening. Montero was slow out of the gate but has picked things up over his last several ballgames. He's batting .261/.333/.478 with three home runs and 10 RBI.
Apr 29 - 11:15 PM

Major League Baseball found no evidence of tampering on the part of the Cubs in the Joe Maddon hiring.

"Major League Baseball has concluded its tampering investigation regarding Joe Maddon’s departure from the Tampa Bay Rays and his subsequent hiring as manager of the Chicago Cubs," MLB said via its Twitter account. "The investigation produced no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering." Multiple Cubs officials had to turn over laptops and cell phones during the investigation, so it seems as though the league did its due diligence. Maddon and the Cubs are surely glad to have the investigation behind them.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 29 - 9:35 PM

Tommy La Stella (oblique) has been throwing and doing work in the pool but has yet to resume hitting.

La Stella is nursing a strained oblique, a notoriously fickle and nasty injury. With Addison Russell now in Chicago the Cubs don't need to rush La Stella back, and when he does return it will likely be in a reserve role. When that will be remains uncertain, but it's probably not soon.
Apr 29 - 6:17 PM

Neil Ramirez (shoulder) has been playing catch in Arizona but has yet to throw off a mound.

The Cubs are taking it slow with their right-hander, who hit the shelf on April 17 with right shoulder inflammation. Ramirez doesn't have any structural damage so he should be back at some point. When that will be remains unclear.
Apr 29 - 6:15 PM

Justin Grimm (forearm) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

Grimm is tentatively scheduled to throw this weekend in Arizona, either in an extended spring game or a simulated game. Grimm has been out since April 2 with forearm inflammation. It's still unclear when he'll return to the Cubs' bullpen.
Apr 29 - 6:13 PM

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber filled up the stat sheet with a home run and three RBI Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber has swung a hot bat all season, hitting .388 with four dingers. He's been even better over his last seven games, collecting a .484 average across 31 at-bats. The Cubs are trying to decide if Schwarber can play catcher at the next level, so he might need some extra reps in Double-A. Clearly, the 22-year-old is having no trouble offensively.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM


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