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Cubs optioned OF Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa.

Lake hit just .211/.246/.351 in 326 plate appearances for the Cubs last season. He'll serve as organizational depth.
Apr 1 - 1:57 PM

Cubs optioned LHP Zach Rosscup to Triple-A Iowa.

Rosscup struck out 12 in nine spring innings. He was shelled during several cups of coffee for the Cubs last season, but has put up nice minor league numbers. The 27-year-old will continue to refine his game in the minors.
Apr 1 - 1:54 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa.

Schlitter's been smacked around in spring training, to the tune of nine runs in eight innings. He pitched respectably for the Cubs in 2014 when he posted an ERA of 3.61 with a 1.367 WHIP. He'll serve as organizational depth for the time being.
Apr 1 - 1:51 PM

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) ran the bases on Wednesday.

The outfielder suffered the injury on March 17. Denorfia has yet to be cleared for game action, but he's starting to ramp up his activity in an attempt to test a sore left hamstring. He took batting practice on Tuesday and was seen running on Wednesday. It's still unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 1:39 PM

Chris Coghlan (neck) is not in the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game.

Coghlan's out with a stiff neck. It had not previously been an issue this spring, though he was dealing with a leg injury in the middle of March. Assuming nothing serious, he should be ready for Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 12:29 PM

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) has yet to be cleared to return to game action.

Denorfia took batting practice on Tuesday but hasn't given the go-ahead to play in games yet. He hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring and is looking unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. "Opening Day is still in jeopardy," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "You have to figure that out when you fill out the roster, too."
Mar 31 - 7:43 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of LHP Phil Coke from Triple-A Iowa.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier Monday that Coke had made the roster, and now the team has made it official. He'll earn $2.25 million on his one-year contract. The left-hander held a 3.88 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Mar 30 - 8:27 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Phil Coke has made the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

Rosenthal adds that Coke actually opted out of his minor league deal last Friday because he hadn't been added to the roster yet, but he's now been informed he's made the team. It comes as no surprise, as Coke was essentially a shoo-in for the bullpen even though he was on a non-guaranteed deal. He's unscored upon in eight appearances this spring.
Mar 30 - 7:48 PM

Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is expected to play in a minor league game by the middle of the week.

Denorfia, who has been nursing a left hamstring strain for two weeks, took batting practice Monday. The outfielder's status for Opening Day is up in the air. "I don't like to speculate on things like that," Denorfia said. "When you're rehabbing, anything can happen. As long as everything progresses the way it should, [I should be ready] sometime around that time. The goal is to be ready by then."
Mar 30 - 7:25 PM

Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Monday's 8-5 victory over the Giants.

Castro has hit in five consecutive Cactus League games dating back to March 19. He had been slowed recently by minor groin tightness, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season. Castro had arguably his best offensive season last year, batting .292 with 14 home runs.
Mar 30 - 7:25 PM

Kyle Hendricks was great until the sixth inning, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Monday's start against the Giants.

Hendricks had blanked the Giants through five until they hung a five-spot in the sixth inning. After leading off the frame with a strikeout, Hendricks allowed a solo home run to Joe Panik followed by a single, a walk, another single, and a double before departing. All told, he gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Last season, Hendricks succeeded despite a mediocre ability to miss bats, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 47/15 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings.
Mar 30 - 7:14 PM

Cubs reassigned 3B Kris Bryant and SS Addison Russell to minor league camp.

Bryant was the best hitter in the Cactus League this spring, but the Cubs can get an extra year of control on him if they leave him off their roster for another two weeks. The 23-year-old top third base prospect should be mashing in the majors by the middle of April.
Mar 30 - 1:19 PM

Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
Mar 30 - 1:02 PM

Miguel Montero walked, singled, and hit a solo home run in five plate appearances as the Cubs shut out the Royals 7-0 on Sunday.

Montero gave the Cubs an early lead with a first-inning solo shot off of Edinson Volquez. The catcher has had a forgettable spring, as he's now batting a meager .189 (7-for-37) with two home runs and two RBI. Montero has posted subpar offensive numbers in the last two seasons but the Cubs are hoping for a resurgence in 2015.
Mar 29 - 7:24 PM

Tommy La Stella went 3-for-3 and scored a run in Sunday's Cactus League match-up with the Royals.

All three hits were singles, raising his average to .333 (13-for-39). Only two of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases (a double and a triple), which is emblematic of what to expect of him during the regular season. La Stella will mostly contribute off the bench.
Mar 29 - 7:21 PM

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