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Jason Heyward is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Thursday night against the White Sox.

Heyward has played his usual brand of elite-level defense this season in the Cubs' outfield, but he's batting just .229/.317/.315 in 91 games and he'll sit Thursday versus ace left-hander Chris Sale. Ben Zobrist will start in right field and hit cleanup. Javier Baez is at second base.
Jul 28 - 3:30 PM

Jason Hammel led the Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the White Sox on Wednesday by tossing seven innings of one run baseball for his 10th win.

The only run he allowed came on a home run by opposing pitcher Anthony Ranaudo. Hammel struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up just five hits. His record improves to 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 114 1/3 innings. Hammel draws two starts next week. The first will be at home versus the Marlins on Monday, then he will travel to Oakland for an interleague game using the designated hitter on Sunday.
Jul 28 - 12:45 AM

Kris Bryant connected for his 26th home run of the season on Wednesday.

He went 1-for-3 with two runs scored on the night. The solo home run came off Anthony Ranaudo in the sixth inning to provide the first of eight Cubs runs in the game. He is batting .283/.377/.550 with 81 runs and 66 RBI.
Jul 28 - 12:34 AM

Addison Russell cranked a grand slam against the White Sox on Wednesday.

It was his only hit of the night but it was a big one. It was his 12th home run of the season in 379 plate appearances. He has a .248 batting average, 40 runs and 60 RBI in the Cubs strong lineup. Those are essentially league-average numbers, which is very good considering he is only 22 years old and still developing.
Jul 28 - 12:20 AM

Jason Heyward will hit seventh in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.

This is the first time that Heyward has hit seventh during the 2016 campaign. He has struggled in his first season with the Cubs, slashing just .228/.315/.315 with four homers and 28 RBI over 346 at-bats.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: While the Cubs are in a dream spot against Anthony Ranaudo (who has allowed a wOBA of at least .359 to both sides of the plate in his young career), Heyward is maybe the only Cubs bat that isn't worth a strong look. He's been hitting the ball on the ground far too often (nearly a 50% GB rate, which would be a great mark for any pitcher) and owns a negative Hd-Sft% against both right and left handed pitchers. Heyward's 79.5 MPH exit velocity over the past week is his worst mark for any week dating back to mid May.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 27 - 4:35 PM

Ben Zobrist finished 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday in the loss to the White Sox.

Zobrist is hitting just .136 in July, though at least three of his nine hits have gone for homers. He's also 1-for-3 stealing bases this month. There's no dropping him in mixed leagues, not as long as he's an everyday guy in the strong Cubs offense, but manager Joe Maddon might want to think about giving him more time off.
Jul 26 - 10:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Jorge Soler (hamstring) will get 9-10 more minor league at-bats before he is activated from the disabled list.

So that would be three or four more minor league games, which puts him on target to return this weekend. Soler is 2-for-13 with eight strikeouts so far between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He has been out since June 7 with a left hamstring strain.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jul 26 - 8:44 PM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Aroldis Chapman, who officially joined the Cubs on Tuesday. Richard had a 6.43 ERA in 25 appearances this season with Chicago.
Jul 26 - 4:29 PM

Cubs OF prospect Eloy Jimenez reached base six times in Monday's doubleheader for Low-A South Bend.

Jimenez went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Cubs defeated Peoria for the doubleheader sweep. The 19-year-old has been a dominant force this season, leading the Midwest League in RBI (64), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.892). He's also second in doubles (30), second in hits (112), second in batting average (.330), second in total bases (177) and fifth in home runs (11). Jimenez was offered up as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade but the Yankees wanted Gleyber Torres instead.
Jul 26 - 4:11 PM

Dexter Fowler (soreness) went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in his return to the lineup Monday against the Mariners.

Fowler was held out of the starting lineup Sunday due to general soreness, but he felt well enough to serve as the designated hitter for Monday's interleague contest. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he's still getting in "baseball shape" after his hamstring injury, so he should be back up to speed soon.
Jul 26 - 9:17 AM

Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

It looked like it'd be a second straight fine outing for Arrieta, but then Todd Frazier connected on a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth, ruining his night. The Cubs went on to lose the game, the fourth straight time they've lost one of Arrieta's starts. In fact, they're just 3-7 in his outings since their streak of 23 straight wins with him on the mound ended in May.
Jul 26 - 12:17 AM

Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time.
Jul 26 - 12:10 AM

Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel.
Jul 26 - 12:09 AM

Cubs acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford.

There had been reports of the Cubs attempting to work out a contract extension with Chapman, but the impending free agent left-hander is apparently intent on hitting the open market this winter. New York also tried an extension with Chapman back in June, but those talks obviously failed. The fire-balling 28-year-old will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting into a setup role. Chapman owns a dominant 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension.
Jul 25 - 2:29 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM


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