Player News - Cubs

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Ben Zobrist (wrist) hopes to be back in the Cubs' lineup on Monday.

Zobrist tweaked his left wrist during an at-bat Friday and is out of the lineup Sunday for the second straight day. The Cubs are going with Javier Baez at second base and in the leadoff spot and an outfield of Ian Happ, Albert Almora and Jason Heyward.

Jon Lester will face Clayton Kershaw in Sunday's series finale at L.A. Dodgers.

Lester has posted a 0.86 ERA over his past three regular-season starts against Dodger Blue, while Kershaw has struck out 68 Cubs hitters over his past 53 2/3 innings in eight starts while holding them to a .218 average. It sounds like quite the pitching duel is on tap at Chavez Ravine on Sunday afternoon.
May 28 - 1:09 AM

Miguel Montero had one of the team's three hits in Saturday's game at L.A. Dodgers.

It wasn't all good, as he did strike out once. When Willson Contreras needs a rest the Cubs do not lose anything by using the veteran Montero behind the dish. He has hit safely in each of his past three appearances and is slashing .328/.362/.500 across 64 at-bats.
May 28 - 12:56 AM

Kyle Schwarber went hitless over three at-bats with a walk and a strikeout Saturday at L.A. Dodgers.

Schwarber, who became a fan favorite during the World Series last season for gutting it out despite not being 100 percent, is losing some of his fans with a dismal .178/.298/.350 slash line. He hasn't had his average over .200 since the final day of April when he was batting .204. Schwarber has collected just 10 hits over 70 at-bats (.143) during an awful May.
May 28 - 12:48 AM

John Lackey allowed five earned runs, six hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings in a loss at L.A. Dodgers on Saturday.

Lackey entered with a 1.73 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, lowest against any single opponent, but L.A. certainly put a dent in that number. Kike Hernandez delivered a double against the veteran, while Chris Taylor left the yard for a 2-run homer. The right-hander threw just 58 of his 95 pitches for strikes as his ERA shot up to 5.18.
May 28 - 12:45 AM

Updating an earlier report, Ben Zobrist is out with a sore wrist.

Zobrist said he felt "something" in his first at-bat on Friday night. Rookie Ian Happ is spelling him at second base Saturday against the Dodgers but Zobrist should be available off the bench. Consider him day-to-day.
May 27 - 6:09 PM

Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

He's out of the lineup for the second time in three days. Miguel Montero will catch for right-hander John Lackey on Saturday. Contreras hasn't hit for a high average this year (just .235 in 132 at-bats) but ranks fourth among catchers with 22 RBI.
May 27 - 4:41 PM

Javier Baez is not in the Cubs' lineup Saturday against the Dodgers.

He's just getting a breather. Ian Happ will handle second base and fifth against Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy. Baez has been red-hot at the plate, earning nine hits in his last 19 at-bats. Hopefully Saturday's absence won't ruin his momentum.
May 27 - 4:40 PM

Ben Zobrist is absent from the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Ian Happ is getting another start at second base while Jon Jay is starting in center field with Jason Heyward in right. The 36-year-old Zobrist is hitting .261/.352/.458 with six homers and 18 RBI on the season.
May 27 - 3:17 PM

John Lackey is set to face the Dodgers in Saturday's start in Los Angeles.

Lackey has posted a 1.73 ERA in his career against the Dodgers, lowest against any single opponent. He lost his first appearance against L.A. on April 12, but allowed just one run and four hits with a season-best 10 strikeouts over six innings. Lackey has posted an 8.00 ERA in the first inning this season and a 4.15 ERA from the second inning and after.
May 27 - 1:58 AM

Addison Russell finished hitless in two at-bats with a strikeout on Friday at L.A. Dodgers.

Russell's average continues to plummet, down to just .211. He has collected just nine hits in 64 at-bats since flipping the calendar to May, and his average has slipped from .291 to .211 since April 25. After posting 21 homers and 95 RBI last season with 49 total extra-base hits, he has taken a major step backward in 2017.
May 27 - 1:52 AM

Jake Arrieta allowed four earned runs, five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts over six innings in a loss Friday at L.A. Dodgers.

He has a very un-Arrieta-like 4.92 ERA. After starting out 3-0 with a 3.65 ERA over his first four starts he is now just 2-4 with a 5.88 ERA over his past six outings. He has been an even bigger nightmare on the road, going 1-4 with a 7.62 ERA in his past five assignments away from the Friendly Confines.
May 27 - 1:49 AM

Kyle Schwarber is not in the Cubs' lineup Friday.

The struggling outfield will take a seat against red-hot Dodgers southpaw Alex Wood. Ben Zobrist is in left field and in the leadoff spot and Javy Baez is at second base. The Cubs also have Addison Russell down in the No. 8 spot.
May 26 - 5:18 PM

Ben Zobrist went 3-for-4 and hit his sixth homer as the Cubs topped the Giants 5-1 on Thursday.

Zobrist is 13-for-28 with three homers during his current eight-game hitting streak. He's raised his OPS from .686 to .822 over the stretch.
May 25 - 5:43 PM

Eddie Butler pitched five innings and allowed one run in a victory over the Giants on Thursday.

Oddly, manager Joe Maddon opted to let Butler hit in the bottom of the fifth and then pulled him to start the sixth after just 69 pitches. It makes plenty of sense to tread carefully with the 26-year-old Butler, who battled shoulder problems and was constantly mishandled by the Rockies. He'll likely be inconsistent but occasionally excellent for as long as the Cubs keep him in the rotation.
May 25 - 5:41 PM


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