Player News - Cubs

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Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Bryant did loft a third-inning sacrifice fly against Jose Fernandez, but the Cubs' offense was more/less silenced otherwise. For the season, the 24-year-old third-baseman is slashing .265/.367/.520 with 17 doubles, 18 homers and 51 RBI across 279 at-bats.
Jun 26 - 4:55 PM

Jason Hammel pitched decently in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings.

Hammel surrendered an RBI double to Derek Dietrich in the second inning and an RBI ground out to Adeiny Hechavarria in the sixth, but otherwise kept the scoreboard clean. He struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. After a 7-1 start to the season, he has failed to pick up a win in any of his last four outings and has picked up outright losses in three of them. Despite the recent troubles in the win column, Hammel is maintaining a crisp 2.58 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 70/27 K/BB ratio across 87 1/3 innings. A road NLCS rematch against the Mets shows next on his schedule.
Jun 26 - 4:43 PM
Ian Happ - OF - Cubs

Cubs OF prospect Ian Happ homered as part of a three-hit night Saturday in Double-A Tennessee's loss to Pensacola.

The home run was Happ's first since joining Tennessee earlier in the week. The 21-year-old earned a promotion by batting .296/.410/.475 with seven round-trippers and 42 RBI in 69 games for High-A Myrtle Beach. Happ has also been a threat on the bases this year with 10 steals on 13 attempts. With five hits in his first eight at-bats for Tennessee, it doesn't look like Happ is going to have any trouble adjusting to Double-A pitching.
Source: MiLB.com
Jun 26 - 3:09 PM

Willson Contreras is starting in left field for the second straight game Sunday.

He's in the No. 5 spot in the lineup. Contreras hadn't played in the outfield since 2013, but he's got a seven-game hitting streak going to begin his career and the Cubs want to keep riding him. The 24-year-old faces a tall task Sunday against Jose Fernandez.
Jun 26 - 10:03 AM

Clayton Richard (blister) has resumed a throwing program.

The blister on his left middle finger is no longer an issue and he's ready to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa. Richard should be ready to return when his 15 days are up early next month. He's posted a 7.30 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 22 appearances this season.
Jun 26 - 9:01 AM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either.
Jun 25 - 8:44 PM

Addison Russell hit a three-run home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

The homer was Russell's seventh of the year, giving him 40 RBI and 29 runs scored. The second-year shortstop is batting .245/.338/.392 in 68 games this season.
Jun 25 - 8:35 PM

John Lackey surrendered seven runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

Lackey was equal opportunity with his poor pitching, allowing runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings before being removed. That included a two-run home run to Justin Bour. Lackey also walked three while striking out five. The loss was Lackey's second straight to drop him to 7-4 on the year. The 37-year-old still owns a strong 3.29 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 102/27 K/BB ratio over 15 starts, and he'll try to get back on track Thursday against the Mets.
Jun 25 - 8:21 PM

Willson Contreras will start in left field Saturday against the Marlins.

Anthony Rizzo and Miguel Montero are back in action on Saturday, but the Cubs want to keep the hot-hitting Contreras in the lineup. The 24-year-old is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and eight RBI over seven games since his promotion from Triple-A. There was a question about how much playing time he would get, but the Cubs have shown a willingness to test his versatility, which only enhances his fantasy appeal at the moment. Contreras hasn't played in the outfield since 2013 with Class A Kane County.
Jun 25 - 12:43 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in Saturday's lineup against the Marlins.

Zobrist suffered a bruised left ankle when he was hit by a pitch on Friday. Consider him day-to-day. Javy Baez will start at second base and bat fifth against Paul Clemens.
Jun 25 - 12:38 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Jun 25 - 12:35 PM

Anthony Rizzo (back) is in the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Rizzo sat out back-to-back games due to back stiffness. It has been a lingering issue, but hopefully the time off did him some good.
Jun 25 - 12:30 PM

Kyle Hendricks took a no-decision despite giving up only one base hit against the Marlins on Friday, allowing four runs (none earned) in five innings with five strikeouts and four walks.

The only hit Hendricks allowed was a grand slam by Justin Bour in the first inning, but those runs were all unearned due to an error by Addison Russell. Hendricks uncharacteristically struggled with his control, walking four and burning 105 pitches in only five innings. Hendricks will take his 2.76 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into his next start on Wednesday in Cincinnati.
Jun 24 - 11:32 PM

Hector Rondon pitched the last four outs of the game to earn his 13th save of the season on Friday.

Rondon has been fantastic this season. He has a 1.48 ERA with 34 strikeouts and only 3 walks in 25 2/3 innings as the closer for the best team in baseball. The reason he has only 13 saves for a 48-win team is because the Cubs usually win by more than three runs, denying Rondon an official save opportunity in those games.
Jun 24 - 11:26 PM

Willson Contreras started at catcher and batted cleanup, leading the Cubs to victory with a two-run homer and an RBI single on Friday.

Contreras moved to first base when catcher David Ross entered the game as a replacement for the injured Ben Zobrist. Now hitting .412 with three home runs in seven games since his call-up, Contreras is likely to see regular playing time at multiple positions as long as he stays hot. Contreras didn't hit for a ton of power in the minor leagues but did post elite batting average and on-base percentage numbers.
Jun 24 - 11:21 PM


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