Player News - Cubs

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Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 plus a walk as the Cubs were shut out by the Dodgers on Sunday.

As a club, the Cubs were only able to muster four hits on the afternoon, with Bryant and Jason Heyward each tallying two. Bryant's double was the lone extra-base knock. He has been a machine at the plate this season, slashing an outstanding .305/.398/.588 with a National League-leading 35 home runs and 89 RBI.
Aug 28 - 8:04 PM

Jon Lester was terrific in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday, scattering three hits over six shutout innings of baseball.

The veteran left-hander punched out six on the afternoon and walked two. He could have continued dominating, as he had thrown only 98 pitches, but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. Lester has been outstanding for the Cubs this season, compiling a 14-4 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Aug 28 - 8:01 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw two bullpen sessions before rejoining the Cubs' rotation.

The first one will come on Monday. Mike Montgomery will make another start Wednesday in Lackey's place, but it sounds like the veteran right-hander might be ready to rejoin the Cubs' rotation by the end of this week. He's missed the last two weeks with a right shoulder strain.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 28 - 3:36 PM

John Lackey (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Monday at Wrigley Field.

It will be his first time throwing off the bump since he suffered a right shoulder strain in his August 14 outing. Lackey will not be ready for his next turn on Wednesday, which means Mike Montgomery will get another start. It's unclear what the next step will be for Lackey after Monday.
Aug 28 - 9:45 AM

Jason Hammel struggled for a second straight start Saturday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs over 2 1/3 innings.

It was his shortest outing of the season. Hammel allowed a solo homer to Corey Seager in the first inning before giving up two runs in the third and getting the quick hook. He has now allowed 13 runs (nine earned) in 5 2/3 innings over his last two starts. He’ll attempt to bounce back next week against the Giants.
Aug 27 - 7:44 PM

Jason Heyward is not in the Cubs starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

He'll get a routine day of rest with left-hander Julio Urias on the hill for the Dodgers. Ben Zobrist is sliding over to start in right field while Javier Baez gets the start at second base and will bat eighth for the Cubs.
Aug 27 - 12:53 PM

Kris Bryant homered in the eighth and 10th innings to guide the Cubs past the Dodgers on Friday.

Bryant hit a solo homer off Joe Blanton in the eighth and added the decisive two-run shot off Adam Liberatore in the 10th. He's taken over the NL lead in homers with 35, and he leads the majors with 107 runs scored.
Aug 27 - 2:08 AM

Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in five innings Friday against the Dodgers.

Montgomery kept the Cubs in the game despite allowing six hits, walking four and hitting a batter. It's unclear whether he'll get another start next week. We'd rather see Montgomery in the bullpen than in the rotation.
Aug 27 - 2:06 AM

Jorge Soler went 0-for-4 before being lifted from Friday's game against the Dodgers.

He also had a really ugly play in left field in which a ball that should have been caught bounced in front of him and then by him. It didn't hurt the Cubs, though, since it came with two outs and no one on and the next batter was retired. Still, Soler's glove is a problem and he's cooled off some of late after his fast start in his return from the DL. He might be a bit player down the stretch.
Aug 27 - 2:01 AM

Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander has struggled in his limited time with the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over his 3 2/3 innings. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a strained hamstring.
Aug 27 - 12:10 AM

Chris Coghlan (rib) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.

He drew the start in left field on Thursday. Coghlan has been out since mid-August with a right rib contusion. There's a good chance he'll return from the disabled list as soon as he's eligible on September 1.
Aug 25 - 9:13 PM

Jorge Soler (leg) went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in his return to action Wednesday.

Soler was out a handful of days after fouling a ball off his leg over the weekend. The double was his seventh of the season. He's slashing .246/.328/.440 in 65 games.
Aug 25 - 8:43 AM

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side to secure his ninth save with the Cubs in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Padres.

With the Cubs leading 6-3 heading into the ninth, Chapman came on for the save attempt. He allowed a leadoff single to Derek Norris, but would flat-out dominate the rest of the frame, striking out Luis Sardinas, Adam Rosales and Travis Jankowski in succession. All three went down swinging. Since coming over to the Cubs at the trade deadline, the ace closer is 9-for-11 in save opportunities with a 1.42 ERA and 21/3 K/BB ratio across 12 2/3 innings.
Aug 24 - 8:13 PM

Kyle Hendricks pitched well in Wednesday's win over the Padres, striking out eight while allowing two runs over six innings.

Hendricks scattered four hits and walked two on the afternoon. A Brett Wallace sacrifice fly in the second and a Wil Myers RBI triple in the third spelled the scoring damage on his line. The 26-year-old right-hander has been nothing short of phenomenal this season and will carry a 2.19 ERA and 1.00 WHIP into a home date with the Pirates next time he toes the rubber.
Aug 24 - 7:48 PM

Cubs RHP prospect Trevor Clifton scattered three hits and two walks over six shutout frames Tuesday in a win for High-A Myrtle Beach.

He matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts to even his record at 7-7. Clifton has been among the top pitchers in the Carolina League this season. He leads the league in both WHIP (1.19) and ERA (2.87) and also ranks second with 122 strikeouts. Clifton has logged a sensational 1.05 ERA during his four-game unbeaten streak. He's clearly outgrown the Carolina League and should begin next year at Double-A Tennessee.
Source: MILB.com
Aug 24 - 2:07 PM


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