Player News - Cubs

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Making his first start in the majors since early June, Kyle Hendricks allowed just one run but lasted only 4 1/3 innings in Monday's no-decision versus the White Sox.

The good news is that he gave up just the one run and struck out five without walking anyone. The bad news is he surrendered eight hits and needed 92 pitches to cover his 4 1/3 frames. Hendricks pitched well on his rehab assignment and insisted that he was feeling like he did last season, but the results in his first outing back were mixed. He'll try for a better line this weekend in Milwaukee.
Jul 24 - 7:57 PM
Jon Jay - OF - Cubs

Jon Jay had a double and three singles in a 4-for-4 afternoon Monday against the White Sox.

He was the only Cub to tally multiple hits against Miguel Gonzalez and the White Sox bullpen. His playing time has been hit-or-miss, but Jay has quietly put together a nice season on the north side of Chicago, sporting a .304/.382/.398.
Jul 24 - 6:01 PM

Cubs activated RHP Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day disabled list.

Hendricks is finally ready to rock after missing six weeks due to tendinitis in his pitching hand. He'll return Monday against the White Sox. Hendricks was off to an underwhelming start prior to the injury, posting a 4.09 ERA and 51/21 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings over 11 starts.
Jul 24 - 11:06 AM

Cubs optioned RHP Felix Pena to Triple-A Iowa.

The move clears the way for Kyle Hendricks' return from the disabled list. Pena owns a 4.50 ERA over 10 appearances with the Cubs this season.
Jul 24 - 11:04 AM

Addison Russell is not in Monday's lineup against the White Sox.

It sounds like a routine day off. Javier Baez will start at shortstop while Ben Zobrist will play second base.
Jul 24 - 10:40 AM

Willson Contreras blasted a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning on Sunday, powering the Cubs to a 5-3 victory over the Cardinals.

Contreras tagged Cardinals' starter Michael Wacha for the game-changing blast. He finished the night 1-for-4. The hard-hitting backstop is slashing .269/.334/.491 with 15 long balls and 52 RBI on the season.
Jul 23 - 11:19 PM

Wade Davis locked down his 20th save of the season on Sunday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a two-run advantage against the Cardinals.

Davis allowed a leadoff single to Paul DeJong, but no damage came from it. The 31-year-old now boasts a 2.12 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 48/16 K/BB ratio across 34 innings on the season.
Jul 23 - 11:13 PM

Jose Quintana earned his sixth victory of the season on Sunday, limiting the Cardinals to three runs on five hits across six innings of work.

The left-hander punched out seven on the night while issuing a pair of free passes. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Randal Grichuk clubbing a two-run homer and Paul DeJong adding on a solo shot. He'll look to stay unbeaten as a member of the Cubs when he does battle against the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday.
Jul 23 - 11:08 PM

Ben Zobrist is not in the Cubs' lineup Sunday.

It's a simple day off. Javy Baez will handle second base.
Jul 23 - 3:40 PM

Kris Bryant ripped two hits Saturday in the Cubs’ come-from-behind win over the Cardinals.

Bryant looked good as new in his return from a sprained pinkie. The 25-year-old singled in the second inning and later tied the score at two with a base knock off Matt Bowman in the eighth. Bryant scored the game-winning run later in the frame on an RBI double by Anthony Rizzo. Despite getting off to a relatively slow start this season, Bryant’s .930 OPS is almost identical to the one he posted when he won National League MVP last year.
Jul 22 - 7:59 PM

Anthony Rizzo slugged a go-ahead double Saturday in the Cubs’ comeback win over the Cardinals.

The Cubs were held scoreless until the eighth inning, when they broke out for all three of their runs. The last came on an RBI double by Rizzo, who drove in Kris Bryant with a gapper to right center. That would be Rizzo’s only hit of the afternoon. The Cubs have now won seven of eight since the All-Star break while pulling within a half game of the division-leading Brewers.
Jul 22 - 7:58 PM

Jon Lester yielded three hits and two runs over eight sparkling frames Saturday in a victory against the Cardinals.

Lester racked up 10 strikeouts and didn’t allow a free pass. The left-hander was brilliant on Saturday, going toe-to-toe with Adam Wainwright in an epic pitcher’s duel at Wrigley Field. Lester retired the first 17 hitters he faced before Wainwright broke up his perfect game with a two-out single in the sixth inning. Despite his dominance, Lester ended the afternoon on a sour note by allowing back-to-back home runs to Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk in the eighth inning. Lester has been picture-perfect since his meltdown against the Pirates on July 9 (10 runs in 2/3 of an inning), compiling a stunning 1.80 ERA over his last two outings. He’ll take a 7-6 record into his next start Thursday against the White Sox.
Jul 22 - 7:57 PM

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon announced Saturday that Mike Montgomery has been moved back to the bullpen effective immediately.

With Kyle Hendricks set to return on Monday, Montgomery will move back to his flexible role in the bullpen. The 28-year-old southpaw boasts a 3.83 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 65/38 K/BB ratio over 80 innings on the season.
Jul 22 - 2:00 PM

Cubs recalled RHP Felix Pena from Triple-A Iowa.

The 27-year-old hurler will add a fresh arm to the bullpen for a couple of days until Kyle Hendricks is activated on Monday. Pena owns a 4.50 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 13/7 K/BB ratio over 16 innings with the Cubs this season. He'll function in middle relief.
Jul 22 - 1:58 PM

Cubs optioned INF Tommy La Stella to Triple-A Iowa.

The 28-year-old utility man was slashing .298/.414/.509 with two homers and five RBI in his 70 plate appearances. He'll assuredly get another chance with the big league club before long.
Jul 22 - 1:57 PM


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