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Neil Ramirez (triceps) expects to be activated from the disabled list when his 15 days are up.

Ramirez is out with a sore right triceps muscle that he said "started creeping in the last couple outings." He's feeling much better, though, after getting on a program with Cubs athletic trainer PJ Mainville and strength coach Tim Buss. "I've been feeling better this year than I have in the past couple years, so everything I've been doing is starting to help out," Ramirez said. "I want to finish the year strong and build up strength." Ramirez had been optioned to Triple-A before it was rescinded and he was placed on the DL. However, it's possible he'll return with the big club since he got two weeks of rest, which was the team's primary goal in sending him down.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jul 31 - 10:16 PM

Jake Arrieta shut down the Rockies on Thursday, allowing just one run and three hits over seven innings to improve to 6-2.

Arrieta's 10th straight quality start. He's allowed a total of two homers in 98 innings this season. In 2011, he came up 21 bombs in 119 1/3 innings for the Orioles.
Jul 31 - 7:02 PM

Cubs acquired C Victor Caratini from the Braves for LHP James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio.

Caratini, a second-round pick in 2013, owns a .283/.377/.415 batting line with six home runs and 67 RBI over his first 145 professional games. The 20-year-old was ranked as the team's No. 8 prospect by Baseball America coming into the year, but he was somewhat expendable for the Braves due to the presence of Evan Gattis and Christian Bethancourt. He could turn into something interesting for Chicago, but he's still likely a couple of years away, especially considering he's still adjusting to being a full-time catcher.
Jul 31 - 5:19 PM

Cubs placed LHP Felix Doubront on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain.

We'd never -- ever! -- accuse a big league club of shenanigans, but... it's possible this is a phantom injury. Doubront, acquired from the Red Sox on Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash considerations, is out of options, and Chicago is happy enough with back-end-of-the-rotation options Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada at the moment. They can now delay Doubront's Chicago debut for a few weeks.
Jul 31 - 5:07 PM

Travis Wood went home with a no-decision after allowing four runs in six frames, as the Cubs lost in 10 innings to the Rockies on Wednesday.

Wood struck out a season-high 11 -- by far eclipsing his previous high of seven dating back to the start of May -- but was otherwise quite hittable. The lefty yielded eight hits and a pair of walks in the effort. Wood's mediocre season continues, as he now has a 5.10 ERA, a 1.54 WHIP, and a 108/55 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Rockies again next week, but in the pitcher-unfriendly confines of Coors Field.
Jul 30 - 11:43 PM

Luis Valbuena went 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning, but the Cubs fell in 10 innings to the Rockies on Wednesday.

Valbuena brought the Cubs to a 4-2 deficit with an RBI single in the sixth inning, then knotted it up at 4-4 with a two-run blast off of Rockies reliever Tommy Kahnle. Ultimately, the Cubs fell in 10 innings despite Valbuena's best efforts. The third baseman has had a good season, slashing .253/.336/.434 with eight home runs and 34 RBI.
Jul 30 - 11:35 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.

Parker made two scoreless appearances since being recalled on July 26. The right-hander was sent down for another bullpen arm after Tuesday's 16-inning game.
Jul 30 - 7:52 PM

Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa.

Rusin has allowed six runs in 8 2/3 innings this season for Chicago. He will pitch in middle relief.
Jul 30 - 5:50 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Felix Doubront from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Doubront posted a rough 6.07 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 59 1/3 innings this season for Boston and asked for a trade request when the Red Sox pulled him from the rotation. He has good raw stuff and should get a chance to start in Chicago, but the lefty remains a poor fantasy bet.
Jul 30 - 5:48 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs have an agreement in place to acquire Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

Doubront has fallen out of favor in Boston, but he should get his wish to start again with the Cubs. The lefty holds a career 4.82 ERA, but he's just 26 and has a career 8.1 K/9 rate, so it's probably worth a shot for Chicago to see if he can right the ship in the National League.
Jul 30 - 3:14 PM

Cubs prospect RHP Pierce Johnson allowed two runs on five hits in six innings Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee, striking out eight batters.

Though he also walked three batters in the outing, Johnson has now struck out eight in back-to-back starts. The 22-year-old has been rolling since coming off the disabled list earlier this month, as he’s registered a 1.87 ERA and 35-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last six starts. However, even though the right-hander’s 2.90 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings looks good on paper, it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s also walked 43 batters during that span. Johnson has the potential to be a solid back-end starter in the major leagues, but he’ll need to improve both his control and command before getting a crack at the highest level.
Jul 30 - 1:21 PM

Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI on Tuesday for High-A Daytona.

After breezing through the Short Season and Low-A levels to begin his professional career, Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, has come back to earth at Daytona, where he's batting .265/.387/.408 with three extra-base hits through 14 games. The left-handed hitter's home run Tuesday was his 10th of the season and first since July 18. Between all three stops, Schwarber is batting .362/.451/.638 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBI and a 29-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 42 games.
Jul 30 - 12:13 PM

Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.

The home run was Bryant's 34th of the season and first since July 18. The 22-year-old slugger has cooled off this month, at least by his standards, with a .297/.390/.571 batting line and six home runs through 26 games. In June, Bryant hit six home runs in 12 games. Overall, he's batting .339/.437/.682 with 34 home runs, 30 doubles, 88 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 106 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Jul 30 - 12:07 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics and Giants are "sifting through" potential options at second base, including Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Gordon Beckham.

With Chase Utley not expected to be traded, the above group is the best of the lot for contenders looking to upgrade at second base. Of the five, only Hill and Beckham list second as their main position. However, all have plenty of experience at the keystone. The D'Backs appear much more willing to deal Hill than Prado.

Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards (shoulder) is expected to return to Double-A Tennessee this week.

Edwards made a successful rehab start on Monday for rookie-level Mesa and will now rejoin the rotation at Tennessee. The right-hander had a 2.61 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 20/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings for the Smokies before his shoulder began bothering him in late April. He should make it to Chicago sometime in 2015.
Jul 29 - 5:56 PM


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