Player News - Cubs

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Addison Russell (finger) returned to the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

Russell was held out of the lineup on Friday due to renewed soreness in his left middle finger, but all appears to be well now. He's batting seventh against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds on Saturday afternoon in Chicago.
Jun 23 - 12:02 PM

Javier Baez is absent from the Cubs' starting lineup on Saturday.

With no known injury issues at play, it looks to be just a regular day of rest for Baez. Ben Zobrist is starting in his place at second base and batting third for the Cubs on Saturday against the Reds.
Jun 23 - 11:59 AM

Kris Bryant is not in the Cubs' starting lineup for Saturday afternoon's showdown against the Reds.

It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the hard-hitting third baseman. Tommy La Stella is starting in his place at the hot corner and batting leadoff against Anthony DeSclafani and the Reds.
Jun 23 - 11:58 AM

Luke Farrell will make a spot start for the Cubs on Saturday against the Reds.

Tyler Chatwood is tentatively expected to start on Sunday, unless his wife is in labor or has already had their baby, in which case Mike Montgomery would pitch on Sunday. Farrell has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen for the Cubs this season, posting a 3.63 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 26/6 K/BB ratio across 17 1/3 innings. Given the high probability that his pitch count will be limited, he isn't a recommended streaming option.
Jun 23 - 10:12 AM

Kyle Schwarber blasted his 15th home run of the season as the Cubs fell to the Reds on Friday night in Cincinnati.

Schwarber's two-run blast in the third inning put the Cubs ahead 3-1, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense in the ballgame. It was his lone hit in four at-bats on the night. The hard-hitting outfielder is now hitting .239/.366/.498 with 15 long balls and 36 RBI on the season.
Jun 22 - 9:57 PM

Jose Quintanta struggled in Friday's loss to the Reds, allowing four runs on nine hits over his five innings of work.

The left-hander struck out three on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The Reds scratched out a run against him in the second inning, then broke the game open with a three-run rally in the fifth, capped off by a two-run homer from Eugenio Suarez. Quintana is winless over four starts in the month of June. He'll try to improve upon his disappointing 4.26 ERA and 1.38 WHIP when he takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Jun 22 - 9:55 PM

Yu Darvish (triceps) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and could soon be sent out on a minor league rehab assignment.

Cubs' manager Joe Maddon told reporters afterwards, "Yu did really well today. We'll wait until tomorrow then plan the next step. The next step could be he goes out and pitches a minor league situation. If he comes in and feels great (Saturday), we'll let you know where the next step is going to occur." It sounds like finally, the right-hander is progressing toward a return to the Cubs' rotation.
Jun 22 - 9:49 PM

Addison Russell is out of the Cubs' starting lineup Friday because of renewed soreness in his left middle finger.

Russell just missed a handful of games with what was diagnosed as a left middle finger sprain. It's possible he'll need more than one day off this time too. Javier Baez is starting at shortstop and Ben Zobrist is playing second base Friday night against the Reds.
Jun 22 - 5:52 PM

Cubs activated LHP Brian Duensing from the bereavement list.

Duensing was away from the Cubs for four days following the death of his grandfather. He will be available out of the bullpen Friday night against the Reds.
Jun 22 - 4:53 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Justin Hancock to Triple-A Iowa.

Hancock holds an impressive 1.50 ERA in 12 innings of relief this season at the MLB level, but the Cubs needed to clear a spot for Brian Duensing, who has been activated from the bereavement list in a corresponding move.
Jun 22 - 4:51 PM

Carl Edwards Jr. (shoulder) had another flat-ground throwing session on Friday.

If he comes out of it feeling normal, the next step will probably be a bullpen session. Edwards has been on the disabled list since May 30 due to inflammation in his right shoulder. He could be ready to return to the Cubs' bullpen sometime in early July if he's able to avoid setbacks.
Jun 22 - 3:57 PM

Cubs RHP prospect Alex Lange allowed one run over six innings on Thursday for High-A Myrtle Beach.

Lange allowed just four hits, and he walked two while striking out seven. The former LSU ace and 30th pick of the 2017 draft has enjoyed a solid first full professional season, posting a 3.12 ERA in 63 2/3 innings. The right-hander has a plus-plus curveball that can give hitters fits, and also throws a fastball that can get up to 95 mph when he reaches back. Expect Lange to get a call-up to Double-A soon, and for him to have a chance to pitch for the Chicago pitching staff -- be it in relief or the rotation -- before the end of the decade.
Jun 22 - 2:30 PM

Jason Heyward went 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's loss to the Reds.

The Cubs picked up eight hits on the night, with Heyward responsible for four of them. It was his second four-hit game of the month, a month in which he's hitting .324 with an OPS over .800. Overall, the 28-year-old is hitting a respectable .283/.345/.429 through 56 games.
Jun 21 - 11:53 PM

Kyle Hendricks gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Thursday.

Hendricks cruised through five innings with minimal issues, but the sixth spelled trouble and ended up spelling his doom. It was his control that betrayed him, as he issued three walks -- including a run-scoring walk to Eugenio Suarez -- and a Jesse Winker grand slam after he exited saddled Hendricks with three more earned runs against. It was a poor ending to a decent start, and the loss was the fourth in the last five decisions for the 28-year-old. Through 15 starts, he's now 5-7 with a 3.73 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. The Dodgers present another challenge for Hendricks when the two sides meet Tuesday.
Jun 21 - 11:32 PM

Brian Duensing is expected to be activated from the bereavement list on Friday.

Duensing has been away from the team since his grandfather's passing last week. The left-hander will return to a 4.50 ERA with three holds over 31 relief outings.
Jun 21 - 5:33 PM


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