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Cubs reassigned 3B Kris Bryant and SS Addison Russell to minor league camp.

Bryant was the best hitter in the Cactus League this spring, but the Cubs can get an extra year of control on him if they leave him off their roster for another two weeks. The 23-year-old top third base prospect should be mashing in the majors by the middle of April.
Mar 30 - 1:19 PM

Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
Mar 30 - 1:02 PM

Miguel Montero walked, singled, and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs shut out the Royals 7-0 on Sunday.

Montero gave the Cubs an early lead with a first-inning solo shot off of Edinson Volquez. The catcher has had a forgettable spring, as he's now batting a meager .189 (7-for-37) with two home runs and two RBI. Montero has posted subpar offensive numbers in the last two seasons but the Cubs are hoping for a resurgence in 2015.
Mar 29 - 7:24 PM

Tommy La Stella went 3-for-3 and scored a run in Sunday's Cactus League match-up with the Royals.

All three hits were singles, raising his average to .333 (13-for-39). Only two of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases (a double and a triple), which is emblematic of what to expect of him during the regular season. La Stella will mostly contribute off the bench.
Mar 29 - 7:21 PM

Edwin Jackson threw the ball well on Sunday against the Royals, racking up 4 2/3 scoreless frames.

The right-hander yielded just one hit and one walk while punching out three batters. Jackson has allowed 15 runs in 15 1/3 innings this spring, but six of them are unearned. The Cubs are hoping Jackson's turnaround has come just in time for the start of the regular season. He's still battling Travis Wood for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.
Mar 29 - 7:16 PM

Kris Bryant continued his assault on Cactus League pitching Saturday, finishing 4-for-5 with three runs scored in a win over the Rockies.

Bryant doubled in the first inning and later added three singles. The third baseman now has 17 hits in 37 at-bats (.459) during spring. He's not expected to open the season at the major league level, though, and is still ticketed for Triple-A Iowa.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

Jake Arrieta threw four scoreless innings, striking out five, in a win over the Rockies Saturday.

Arrieta gave up just three hits and didn't walk a batter in the outing. He also did damage at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI. Arrieta's spring ERA is 3.86 and he's struck out 15 batters in 14 innings. He's no longer the Cubs' ace with Jon Lester in town, but Arrieta is still one of the best starters in the National League as 2015 begins.
Mar 28 - 7:53 PM

Dexter Fowler hit his first Cactus League home run on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 against the Reds.

Fowler hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Ben Klimesh, bringing the Cubs within five runs at 8-3. It's been a bit of a slow spring for Fowler, as he's hitting just .237 (9-for-38). The Cubs hope the 29-year-old will be able to reach double digits in both home runs and stolen bases this season as he did in 2012 and '13 with the Rockies.
Mar 28 - 7:08 PM

Cubs released LHP Felix Doubront.

The veteran southpaw was knocked around in his seven spring innings, allowing nine runs on 17 hits. He will receive 45 days of termination pay from the Cubs, roughly equaling $473,000. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
Mar 28 - 2:33 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa.

The 25-year-old could have competed for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7/2 K/BB ratio in 12 spring innings. He'll provide organizational depth at Triple-A.
Mar 28 - 1:12 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (leg) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Wada has been dealing with a sore left groin that forced him to leave Saturday's start. He has appeared in just two Cactus League contests thus far, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 1 2/3 innings of work. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cubs rotation.
Mar 28 - 10:54 AM

Jorge Soler launched one of four Cubs home runs off Jeff Samardzija on Friday as they dispatched of the White Sox 6-3 in Cactus League action.

Soler was the first to take Samardzija out of the yard on Friday, blasting a two-run homer to put the Cubs on the board in the first inning. Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro and Chris Coghlan would each get in on the fun before the afternoon was through. Soler has been mighty impressive in Cactus League play, hitting .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and nine RBI.
Mar 27 - 8:14 PM

Jason Hammel was strong in Friday's victory over the White Sox, allowing two runs on six hits over his six innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out a pair and didn't walk a batter in the ballgame. All of the damage against him came on a two-run homer off the bat of Tyler Flowers in the fifth inning. The 32-year-old has looked good through five spring starts and his fantasy value is trending upwards with his return to the National League.
Mar 27 - 8:11 PM

Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 26 - 4:51 PM

Cubs reassigned C/OF Kyle Schwarber, OFs Albert Almora, Mike Baxter, and Adron Chambers, INF Chris Valaika, RHPs Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, and Gonzalez Germen, and LHP Francisley Bueno to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this group. Schwarber, last year's No. 4 overall pick, and 2012 first-round pick Almora are the biggest names to watch here as they make their way through Chicago's prospect-rich pipeline.
Mar 26 - 4:42 PM


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