Player News - Cubs

Date: Team: Pos:

David Ross is expected to return from the bereavement list and rejoin the Cubs on Sunday.

Ross is away from the team due to a death in the family. That means that Jon Lester will have to go without his regular catcher on Saturday and throw to Miguel Montero instead.
Aug 28 - 9:06 PM

Cubs designated RHP Brian Schlitter for assignment.

Schlitter was the roster casualty to create room on the 40-man for Fernando Rodney who was acquired from the Mariners on Thursday. He could attract interest on waivers from teams in search of bullpen depth.
Aug 27 - 8:11 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Zac Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

He was sent out to make room for the newly-acquired Fernando Rodney on the active roster. He should rejoin the bullpen once rosters expand for September.
Aug 27 - 8:08 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named later.

Rodney will join the bullpen on Friday. He'll help provide depth in the late innings for the Cubs with Jason Motte on the disabled list. The 38-year-old hurler posted a troublesome 5.68 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 50 2/3 innings with the Mariners.
Aug 27 - 8:07 PM

Starlin Castro went 1-for-4 with a double and drove home the Cubs only run in Thursday's loss to the Giants.

Castro also tallied the team's lone extra-base hit in the contest. Drawing another start at second base against opposing left-hander Madison Bumgarner, Castro's run-scoring double gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead in the second inning, but wound up being the extent of their offense. Castro is now hitting .240/.272/.316 in what has been an extremely disappointing season.
Aug 27 - 7:08 PM

Dan Haren was knocked around in a losing effort against the Giants on Thursday, surrendering five runs on six hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked three and struck out four on the afternoon. The big blow against him came in the third inning when Marlon Byrd smashed a three-run homer. Haren has really struggled through five starts with his new club, registering a 6.31 ERA and serving up an unfathomable eight home runs in only 25 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track on Tuesday against the Reds.
Aug 27 - 7:04 PM

Dexter Fowler is out of the Cubs' lineup again on Thursday due to discomfort in his right shin.

Fowler also missed Wednesday's game, but X-rays turned up negative and he should be good to go sometime this weekend. Kris Bryant is in right field, Chris Denorfia is in left field, and Matt Szczur is in center field Thursday against the Giants. Denorfia will lead off.
Aug 27 - 1:09 PM

Kyle Schwarber is starting behind the plate in the Cubs' series finale Thursday versus the Giants.

It's his 13th start this year at catcher, but his first since August 6. Schwarber was shifted to left field when Miguel Montero returned earlier this month from a thumb sprain, but Montero is getting a day off Thursday afternoon in San Francisco.
Aug 27 - 12:54 PM

Addison Russell (groin) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Cubs' lineup Wednesday.

Russell missed a couple of games with tightness in his groin. It obviously wasn't anything major. The 21-year-old didn't show much at the plate in his return Wednesday, but he made some slick plays at shortstop.
Aug 27 - 8:41 AM

Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a double in Wednesday's loss to the Giants.

Bryant and fellow young human Kyle Schwarber picked up four of the team's five hits, with the third-baseman driving in both Cub runs with a two-run single in the first. That turned out to be the offensive highlight of the game for the Cubbies, as they wouldn't score again. This was just their sixth loss in their last 21 road games. Bryant's certainly done his part to help fuel a possible playoff run, hitting .265/.368/.482 with 20 home runs, 77 RBI and 12 steals over 423 at-bats.
Aug 27 - 1:17 AM

Kyle Hendricks couldn't quite manage a quality start in Wednesday's loss to the Giants, surrendering four runs on five hits over six innings.

Hendricks struck out six and walked three on the evening, with the Giants managing a pair of runs in the first inning and another pair in the sixth. None of his season-long numbers are spectacular, but he's been consistently decent to the tune of a 4.11 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 124/34 K/BB ratio over 142 1/3 innings. A home showdown with the Reds shows next on his schedule.
Aug 27 - 1:07 AM

Cubs recalled OF Matt Szczur from Triple-A Iowa.

The outfielder will be with the team while David Ross is away for a family emergency. Szczur owns a .217/.250/.333 line over 60 at-bats with the big club this season.
Aug 26 - 7:07 PM

Cubs placed C David Ross on the family medical emergency list.

Ross could be away from the team for 3-to-7 days. The Cubs will be just fine without him, with starter Miguel Montero and Kyle Schwarber able to handle catching duties as well. Matt Szczur was recalled to take Ross' roster spot.
Aug 26 - 7:04 PM

Rafael Soriano (shoulder) has begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

Soriano has been on the disabled list since August 4 with right shoulder inflammation. Assuming all goes well, the right-hander should be back with the Cubs by early September.
Aug 26 - 6:48 PM

Dexter Fowler is not in the Cubs' lineup against the Giants on Wednesday.

It's just a day off for the outfielder, who is hitting .252/.349/.420 with 14 homers, 17 steals and 84 runs scored atop the Cubs' lineup. Chris Denorfia got the start in center field in place of Fowler on Wednesday.
Aug 26 - 6:23 PM

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