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Ben Zobrist was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning Monday because his ailing left wrist still bothers him when he bats right-handed.

Zobrist returned to the lineup with the Padres starting righty Jarred Cosart, but his wrist didn't feel up to facing lefty Brad Hand. He's expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday against right-hander Dinelson Lamet, but it sounds like Zobrist might be benched for a bit when the opponent starts a left-hander.
May 29 - 8:24 PM

Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Cubs' loss to the Padres on Monday.

Heyward opened the game's scoring with a two-run single off Padres starter Jarred Cosart in the top of the first inning. He also singled again in the top of the third, but the Cubs' offense as a whole produced only one other hit in the afternoon loss at Petco Park. Heyward is slashing .258/.329/.409 over 37 games in the second year of an eight-year, $184 million free agent deal. He finished with a putrid .230/.306/.325 slash line in 2016.
May 29 - 8:13 PM

Kyle Hendricks surrendered five earned runs over five innings in a loss to the Padres on Monday.

Hendricks had been enjoying an excellent May, but he struggled to navigate a weak San Diego lineup on Monday afternoon at Petco Park. Hendricks gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning (on a Hunter Renfroe grand slam) and one more run in the bottom of the fifth as his season ERA jumped from 3.25 to 3.75. Last year's ERA king will try to get back on track in his next start at home against the rival Cardinals.
May 29 - 8:07 PM

Ben Zobrist (wrist) has returned to the Cubs' lineup Monday against the Padres.

Zobrist missed back-to-back games over the weekend after tweaking his left wrist during Friday's game, but he's feeling better now. He'll hit leadoff and start in right field while Jason Heyward will play center. Miguel Montero will start behind the plate and catch Kyle Hendricks.

Cubs recalled RHP Justin Grimm from Triple-A Iowa.

Grimm has posted a rough 7.53 ERA over 13 appearances with the Cubs this season. He'll pitch in a middle relief capacity.
May 29 - 1:22 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Felix Pena to Triple-A Iowa.

Pena has allowed four runs (three earned) in eight innings with a 9/4 K/BB ratio this season. Justin Grimm will take his spot in the Cubs' bullpen.
May 29 - 1:21 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Rizzo socked a two-run home run off Clayton Kershaw with one out in the fourth inning. After a lost start to the season, his bat has begun to catch fire -- he has slugged five homers in his last eight games. For the campaign as a whole, the first baseman is slashing .239/.369/.473 with 12 homers and 30 RBI across 184 at-bats. His buy-low trade window for fantasy purposes is closing rapidly if it has not already shut.
May 28 - 7:46 PM

Javier Baez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Baez socked a solo home run off of an unusually unsettled Clayton Kershaw in the fourth inning. The bomb was his eighth of the season. He has picked up multiple hits in three of his last eight games and is now slashing .268/.299/.500 overall.
May 28 - 7:44 PM

Jon Lester struggled in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers, yielding six runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings.

A pair of three-run home runs proved to be the culprit in this disappointing outing, as Cody Bellinger took Lester deep for a three-run shot in the second inning and Kike Hernandez did likewise in the third. He had been pitching to a brilliant 0.86 ERA in his previous three outings before the Dodgers mucked that up on Sunday. The veteran southpaw will try for cleaner results when he carries his 3.86 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 67/23 K/BB ratio (11 starts) into a road showdown with the rival Cardinals next time out.
May 28 - 7:40 PM

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


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