Player News - Cubs

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Javier Baez went 2-for-6 with a solo home run and two-run double to help the Cubs outlast the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.

Baez hit a no-doubter to the deepest part of the park in the second inning, and he later tacked on a two-RBI double in the seventh to extend the Cubs' lead. The homer was his seventh of the year, and the second baseman leads the National League with 23 RBI. He's hitting .292/.363/.736 through 19 games, and after a breakout last season, this year could be the one in which Baez becomes a star.
Apr 22 - 7:41 PM

Brandon Morrow allowed three baserunners but avoided any damage Sunday, closing out the Rockies to earn his fourth save of the year.

Morrow gave up one-out singles to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to bring the winning run to the plate, and with two outs he walked David Dahl to load the bases. A wild pitch then appeared to allow one run to score, but on review Arenado was called out on the tag at home, allowing Morrow to escape the jam unscathed. It was his closest call yet, but Morrow remains unscored upon in eight appearances, racking up four saves in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
Apr 22 - 7:28 PM

Jose Quintana allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings Sunday but earned the win against the Rockies.

Quintana served up a pair of homers in the thin mountain air, but he struck out seven while walking just one and did enough to pick up his second win of the year. It's been a pretty mixed bag thus far, and outside of a six-inning gem in Milwaukee earlier this month there hasn't been a lot to like about Quintana's early stats. That said, he's traditionally a slow starter -- April is, for his career, his worst month, statistically -- so as the weather warms up, so might he. Quintana will look for sunnier skies Saturday against the Brewers.
Apr 22 - 7:18 PM

Kris Bryant passed initial concussion tests after having to leave Sunday's game against the Rockies when he was hit in the head by a pitch.

Bryant isn't out of the woods yet, but this is certainly very good news. He was hit by a German Marquez offering Sunday but it looks like he might have escaped with just a laceration above his eye. The Cubs will continue to monitor their star third baseman.
Apr 22 - 4:02 PM

Kris Bryant left Sunday's game versus the Rockies after being hit in the head by a German Marquez pitch.

The pitch appeared to hit Bryant on the side of the helmet and then deflect and hit his sunglasses, knocking them off his face. The Cubs slugger looked woozy after the beaning and needed help as he was assisted to the clubhouse. Obviously, he's going to need to go through concussion tests. The Cubs should have an update on Bryant's status later Sunday.
Apr 22 - 3:19 PM

Willson Contreras is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

Addison Russell is also getting a day off. The Cubs have Victor Caratini at catcher, Javy Baez at shortstop and Tommy La Stella at second base.

Ryan Kalish has decided to retire from baseball.

Kalish was a nice prospect a while back but his career was sabotaged by injury. The 30-year-old batted .245/.297/.349 over parts of four seasons in the majors.
Apr 22 - 9:16 AM

Willson Contreras hit a two-run double in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.

Things were looking up for the Cubs after Contreras lifted one to left-center field that was a few inches from being a three-run homer, but they were the last runs the club would score against Tyler Anderson and company. Contreras finished 1-for-4 in the game. He's still searching for that first homer, but the 25-year-old is still producing, batting .275/.351/.406 through 16 games this year.
Apr 21 - 11:27 PM

Yu Darvish allowed one hit through his first four innings before proceeding to allow five runs in the fifth, exiting after 4 2/3 in a loss to the Rockies on Saturday.

The contrast doesn't get much more stark than owning a one-hitter one minute then giving up five runs -- all with two outs, no less -- in less than an inning of work. It happened that quickly for Darvish, though, and it was his command -- he walked two, including Rockies starter Tyler Anderson, to get the rally started -- that betrayed him as much as anything. The high-profile marriage hasn't been great for Darvish and the Cubs in the early going, as the 31-year-old now owns a 6.86 ERA and 1.63 WHIP through his first four starts in Chicago. He'll try to get on track Friday against the division-rival Brewers.
Apr 21 - 11:20 PM

Cubs recalled INF David Bote from Triple-A Iowa.

Bote is hitting .234 with a .265 OBP at Triple-A, but he does have three homers in 12 games. He'll take the place of the injured Ben Zobrist. The Cubs are deep enough that they won't need to lean on the 25-year-old for much more than the occasional pinch-hit appearance.
Apr 21 - 4:30 PM

Cubs placed INF/OF Ben Zobriston the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to April 14, with back soreness.

The 36-year-old utilityman has been battling back soreness over the past week and they finally decided to put him on the DL and better utilize the roster spot. He should only require the minimum stint on the disabled list.
Apr 21 - 9:06 AM

Kyle Schwarber ended up 3-for-4 with a three-run home run in Friday's 16-5 win in Colorado.

Schwarber is finally healthy and he is doing a good job, slashing .283/.406/.566. Of course, a lot of the damage has come in the past two games at Coors Field, as Schwarber is 5-for-8 with a homer and six RBI. Power has never been a problem for the left-handed hitting outfield, but batting average has been the issue. If he can do much better than his career .223 batting average he is going to exceed his ADP by miles.
Apr 21 - 12:48 AM

Javier Baez ended up going 4-for-6 with a double, two-run home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Friday's 16-5 rout of the Rockies in Coors Field.

Baez has 20 RBI through the team's first 17 games. He is the first Cubs player to post 20 or more RBI through the team's first 17 games of a season since Billy Williams (25) in 1970. He has posted 16 RBI over the past eight outings. He'll try to keep up the good work on Saturday against Tyler Anderson (0-0, 4.74 ERA).
Apr 21 - 12:45 AM

Albert Almora finished 4-for-6 with a double, an RBI and four runs scored in Friday's 16-5 win at Colorado.

The four-hit night was the first of Almora's career, and he is now slashing an impressive .325/.372/.525. He is 9-for-18 (.500) with nine runs scored, two doubles and a home run with three RBI over his past six outings. Almora doesn't start regularly, so fantasy owners in mixed play will want to be careful, but he could start playing a lot more frequently if he keeps hitting this well.
Apr 21 - 12:39 AM

Kyle Hendricks allowed three earned runs, five hits and no walks with six strikeouts over five innings in a win at Colorado on Friday.

Hendricks threw just 57 of his 95 pitches for strikes, and he hit one batter with a pitch. However, it was good enough to qualify for his first victory of 2018, helped out by plenty of run support. He'll look to piece together a win streak when he toes the slab at Wrigley Field on Thursday against the Brewers. He was 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA with 26 strikeouts over 28 innings in five outings against Milwaukee in 2017.
Apr 21 - 12:31 AM


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