Player News - Cubs

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Mike Montgomery gave up five runs over four-plus innings in his start against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Montgomery was pretty critical of his performance afterwards, but given that the Cubs never scored tonight, it might not have mattered even if Montgomery was on his game. Montgomery came into this one having allowed five runs and 10 hits in 14 innings this month. It's unclear if he'll start again Sunday; he might pitch in relief, depending on what the team needs from him.
Sep 26 - 12:56 AM

Willson Contreras went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Pirates on Tuesday.

Kyle Schwarber has been great in limited action and Javier Baez is still doing just fine, but the rest of the Cubs aren't doing much of anything at the moment. Contreras seems to be taking an extra share of the criticism, especially since the incident in which he didn't hustle on a double last week, but it'd be hard to call it unfair; he's 8-for-52 this month and his last homer came on Aug. 1.
Sep 26 - 12:48 AM

X-rays turned up negative on Kris Bryant's left wrist.

Bryant was pulled from Tuesday night's loss to the Pirates after getting hit on the wrist by a Chris Archer pitch, but he escaped with a contusion. Bryant won't play Wednesday, but he could feasibly return to action on Thursday. Ian Happ took over at third base Tuesday versus the Bucs.
Sep 26 - 12:37 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic hears from sources that Addison Russell and his agent Scott Boras will not request an emergency hearing for the shortstop's removal from MLB's administrative leave list.

This nugget comes from a column that digs further into the allegations of mental and physical abuse that Russell is accused of inflicting upon his ex-wife, Melisa Reidy. Rosenthal says MLB investigators have gathered "credible information" via interviews with Reidy and "numerous other witnesses" and that "all signs point to a suspension" for the Cubs shortstop. Rosenthal adds that "the chances of Russell rejoining the Cubs for the postseason appear slim."
Source: The Athletic
Sep 25 - 11:41 PM

Kris Bryant has been diagnosed with a left wrist contusion.

Bryant suffered the injury when he got plunked by a Chris Archer pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday. He was replaced at third base in the top of the sixth inning by Ian Happ. This is obviously bad timing for any type of injury, minor or major. Bryant will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Sep 25 - 11:09 PM

Kris Bryant was removed from Tuesday night's game against the Pirates due to an apparent left wrist injury.

Bryant got hit on the wrist by a Chris Archer pitch in the bottom of the fourth inning. He stayed in the game until the top of the sixth, when Ian Happ entered to play third base. It's been a rough 2018 season for Bryant, who has battled left shoulder fatigue since early June.
Sep 25 - 10:52 PM

Willson Contreras will hit eighth Tuesday against the Pirates.

The scuffling Contreras continues to fall in the lineup. The 26-year-old backstop has hit just .209/.303/.288 with two homers during the second half.
Sep 25 - 3:18 PM

Tommy La Stella (back) grounded out as a pinch hitter Monday against the Pirates.

It was his first game action since September 14, as he's been limited with a back issue in recent days. He should be fine moving forward.
Sep 25 - 8:35 AM

Cole Hamels yielded three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over six innings in a loss to the Pirates on Monday.

Hamels struck out seven batters and only issued two walks. He also provided the Cubs lone extra-base hit of the contest, swatting his second career homer off opposing starter Jameson Taillon in the third inning. Despite the loss, it was another strong performance from the 34-year-old southpaw, who has experienced a mild renaissance in the Windy City. He's posting a 4-2 record with a 2.47 ERA and 66/21 K/BB ratio in 11 starts since being traded to the Cubs on July 27. He’s lined up to face the Cardinals at home in his final start of the regular season on Saturday.
Sep 25 - 12:09 AM

Kris Bryant went 1-for-3 with a walk in the Cubs' loss to the Pirates on Monday.

Bryant walked in the sixth inning and led off the ninth with a base hit. It was a dismal performance from the Cubs offense, which managed just one run on seven hits. Their only extra-base hit came courtesy of a solo shot by Cole Hamels and they stranded eight base runners against Pirates starter Jameson Taillon and a pair of relievers. The 26-year-old superstar is hitting .277 (20-for-72) with one homer and five RBI in 21 games since coming off the disabled list on September 1.
Sep 24 - 11:43 PM

Pedro Strop (hamstring) played catch and went through agility drills Monday.

"He was pretty upbeat [Sunday] about where he's at," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. It's looking like Strop has a good chance to be available sometime later this week for a tune-up appearance or two before the postseason. Whether he's thrown right back into closing duties might be another matter.
Sep 24 - 7:13 PM

Kris Bryant (shoulder) will hit sixth in Monday's game against the Pirates.

It will be the lowest he's hit in the lineup in a start in his major league career. Bryant has a .752 OPS with one homer and a 27/6 K/BB ratio in 20 games since returning from the disabled list. Cubs manager Joe Maddon held Bryant out of the lineup on Sunday while mentioning that his shoulder is "a little bit fatigued." The situation warrants watching.
Sep 24 - 3:40 PM

Willson Contreras is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

He'll take a seat after starting back-to-back games. Victor Caratini will be behind the plate and catch right-hander Jameson Taillon.
Sep 24 - 3:22 PM

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Sunday in a win over the White Sox.

The RBI gives Rizzo 96 on the season, giving him a decent shot of reaching the century mark with seven games left to play. The first baseman also has 26 doubles, and his season line improves to .277/.374/.464 in 537 at-bats. Solid numbers, but we can’t help but think how good these would be if not for his struggles in the first-half of the season.
Sep 23 - 5:36 PM

Kyle Hendricks went 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run and striking out five in a victory over the White Sox on Sunday.

A very strong effort for Hendricks, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The right-hander gave up just four hits, and he didn’t put anyone on via walk. There were some struggles earlier in the 2018 campaign for Hendricks, but for over a month now, he’s been outstanding. The start lowers his ERA to 3.49 and WHIP to 1.15 in 191 innings. He’s scheduled to start again against the Cardinals on Friday, but that could change if the Cubs choose to adjust their rotation for the playoffs. If he’s on your roster, you’ll want to keep an eye out.
Sep 23 - 5:31 PM


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