Player News - Cubs

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Kyle Hendricks won his 16th game of the season Monday, spinning six shutout frames against the Pirates.

Hendricks struck out five, didn't walk anyone and allowed seven hits on the night, lowering his league-best ERA to 1.99. The right-hander somehow has eight losses despite that 1.99 ERA, although just two of them have come since mid-June. He'll get one final tune-up start this weekend in Cincinnati and will hope to keep that ERA below 2.00.
Sep 26 - 11:09 PM

Javier Baez hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs in Monday's victory over the Pirates.

Baez took Chad Kuhl deep in the fourth inning for his second grand slam of the season. He wasn't done there, adding a two-RBI single in the sixth to extend the Cubs' lead to 11-0 at the time. Kris Bryant also went deep for the Cubbies, who claimed their 100th victory of the season. It's the first time since 1935 that the Cubs have reached 100 wins.
Sep 26 - 10:58 PM

Jorge Soler will have his right side examined.

Soler recently missed some time with tightness in his side and he was moving gingerly during Sunday's game. The Cubs should have an update on his status by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday afternoon.
Sep 26 - 7:55 PM

Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' starting lineup on Monday night against the Pirates.

Ben Zobrist will also take a seat for the National League Central-champion Cubs. Albert Almora is starting in center field and batting seventh, with Javier Baez covering second base and hitting eighth. Chris Coghlan is at leadoff versus Bucs right-hander Chad Kuhl.

Rob Zastryzny will make his first major league start this Thursday against the Pirates.

It'll be part of a bullpen game for the National League Central-champion Cubs, with Zastryzny probably covering the first 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old southpaw has registered an impressive 1.46 ERA with 13 strikeouts over his first 12 1/3 major league frames. He could make the 25-man postseason roster as a lefty relief specialist.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Sep 26 - 8:55 AM

Ben Zobrist had a nice night at the dish in Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Cardinals, going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored.

His pace has certainly cooled after a blistering start to the season, but he has still been a solid producer in the middle of the Cubs lineup throughout the season. With the three-hit attack, Zobrist is now hitting .272/.385/.431 with 15 homers and 72 RBI on the year.
Sep 25 - 11:30 PM

Jon Lester was brilliant in Sunday night's victory over the Cardinals, racking up seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings of shutout baseball.

The veteran southpaw scattered just three hits and a walk on the masterful evening. He has been absolutely outstanding down the stretch and has built up a very strong case for the National League Cy Young Award. Now 19-4 on the season, he'll carry a 2.28 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 191/49 K/BB ration into his final regular season tune-up against the Reds in Cincinnati on Friday.
Sep 25 - 11:28 PM

Willson Contreras clubbed his 11th home run as the Cubs fell to the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

His solo shot came off of Seung Hwan Oh in the ninth inning, but only pulled the Cubs to within six runs. Contreras finished the afternoon 2-for-4. The hard-hitting backstop has had a terrific rookie campaign, slashing .270/.346/.473 with 11 homers and 32 RBI. His 11 home runs lead all rookie catchers in the National League.
Sep 24 - 4:43 PM

Jason Hammel was clobbered in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals, surrendering six runs on six hits over his 2 1/3 innings.

The right-hander walked one and struck out two on the miserable afternoon. The Cardinals got to him early and often in this one, striking for four runs in the first frame and then adding on a run in each of the next two innings. Hammel is unlikely to be used in the postseason rotation and could be pitching his way off of the roster altogether for the NLDS. He'll try to get back on track on Friday when he takes on the Reds in Cincinnati.
Sep 24 - 4:40 PM

Jorge Soler returned to the Cubs starting lineup on Saturday.

Soler has been held out of the lineup since experiencing tightness in his side last Friday. He's getting the start in left field and will bat seventh against Alex Reyes and the Cardinals on Saturday.
Sep 24 - 10:14 AM

Jorge Soler (side) struck out as a pinch hitter in Friday afternoon's victory over the Cardinals.

He was forced to leave last Friday's game due to tightness in his side and hasn't appeared in the starting lineup since. He's expected to return at some point this weekend.
Sep 24 - 8:46 AM

Jake Arrieta dominated the Cardinals on Friday, striking out 10 across seven shutout innings in a 5-0 victory.

Arrieta walked just one batter while yielding only five singles on the day, as the Cards had just one player get to second base on him. The right-hander had been less than stellar of late, so obviously this was an encouraging performance as the Cubs look to fine-tune things heading into the postseason. Arrieta will bring a 2.85 ERA into Pittsburgh next week.
Sep 23 - 5:44 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and run scored in Friday's win over the Cardinals.

The RBI two-bagger came in the middle of the Cubs' four-run first inning against Mike Leake. Rizzo has now put together a modest seven-game hitting streak, lifting his average back up top .295. He's now driven in 105 runs on the season, which beats last year's previous career high by four.
Sep 23 - 5:31 PM

Cubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.

Strop has been on the shelf since undergoing arthroscpic surgery on his left knee in mid-August, and he also had a setback with a strained groin. He's ready to go now, though, and should return to a setup role in short order.
Sep 23 - 12:09 PM

Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

Contreras has shown signs of wearing down late in the year as catchers often do, as he's batting just .214/.303/.429 in September. He's now been on the bench for four of the last five games, as the Cubs can afford to rest weary players. Miguel Montero is catching Friday.
Sep 23 - 10:39 AM


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