Player News - Cubs

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Kris Bryant went 2-for-5 with an RBI single Sunday in the Cubs' defeat of the Cardinals.

Bryant now has eight RBI in nine games since returning from a shoulder injury just before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old third baseman looks poised for a big second half.
Jul 22 - 6:53 PM

Jose Quintana held the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings Sunday for his ninth win of the season.

Quintana issued four walks and surrendered six hits, but he mostly prevented the Cardinals from inflicting major damage as the Cubs took the rubber match of a big five-game set against their arch rival. Quintana entered the All-Star break with some shoulder fatigue, but he got nearly two weeks off between his final start of the first half and this outing Sunday. The 29-year-old left-hander will carry a decent 3.87 ERA into his next turn Friday at St. Louis.
Jul 22 - 6:16 PM

Kyle Schwarber hit his 19th home run of the season Sunday in the Cubs' 7-2 win over the Cardinals.

The sixth-inning solo shot off Cardinals reliever Mike Mayers put the Cubs ahead 3-2, and they didn't trail the rest of the way. Schwarber has a strong .864 OPS on the season and he's on pace for a career-high 31 dingers.
Jul 22 - 6:13 PM

Luke Farrell will make a spot start for the Cubs on Monday against the Diamondbacks.

The 27-year-old right-hander has pitched fairly well, registering a 3.86 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 37/14 K/BB ratio over 28 innings with the Cubs this season. He isn't a recommended streaming option against a high-powered Diamondbacks' offense though.
Jul 22 - 6:03 PM

Yu Darvish (elbow) played catch again Sunday.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Darvish felt good and the next step for the right-hander will be to throw off a mound. It's obviously a big step for Darvish, but he remains a long ways away from rejoining the rotation. He's been out since late May with a right elbow impingement.
Jul 22 - 1:32 PM

Cubs optioned RHP Dillon Maples to Triple-A Iowa.

Maples was up Saturday as the 26th man during a doubleheader against the Cardinals. He has posted a 13.50 ERA over three appearances in the majors this season.
Jul 22 - 11:32 AM

Albert Almora is not in the Cubs' lineup SUnday.

Almora has now been benched in three of the Cubs' first five games of the second half, although one of those was the first leg of a doubleheader. Ian Happ is in center field.
Jul 22 - 10:45 AM

Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey revealed recently in an interview on WSCR-AM 670 that Jose Quintana has been dealing with left shoulder fatigue.

It's the reason Quintana isn't making his first second-half start until Sunday, as he'll have gone nearly two weeks in between outings. The club doesn't seem overly concerned about the left-hander for now. "Just tired stuff," manager Joe Maddon said. "He just seemed to be fatigued a bit. Nothing awful. Just give him a couple extra days and the other part was to really work on the method of the changeup."
Source: The Athletic
Jul 22 - 8:49 AM

Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader.

Rizzo was responsible for over half of the Cubbies' hit total on the evening. None of the team's hits went for extra bases. The slugger was a happy beneficiary of Saturday's doubleheader, reaching base a whopping eight times between the two games (including three walks in the first game). On the whole this season, Rizzo is hitting .258/.359/.426 with 12 home runs and 63 RBI put in over the course of 86 games played. While four hits are nice any way you slice it, he's going to need to pick up the power pace if he's to make it five consecutive seasons of at least 30 home runs.
Jul 21 - 11:30 PM

Willson Contreras went 1-for-3 with a steal and two walks in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader.

Willson Contreras, base thief? On Saturday evening that was the case, anyway. The stolen base was his fourth of the season. When he's not playing Ricky Henderson, the backstop owns a .279/.372/.455 triple-slash in 84 games. He's bopped eight home runs and driven in 35 runs in that space.
Jul 21 - 11:24 PM

Mike Montgomery allowed one run on five hits over six innings while taking a no-decision in Saturday's loss to the Cardinals in the second game of a doubleheader.

Montgomery managed three strikeouts against two walks in the no-decision. The lone run which he surrendered came in the first inning, when Paul DeJong lofted a sacrifice fly off the southpaw. All zeros the rest of the way. Despite the strong effort, this would ultimately be a game decided by the two bullpens and Montgomery did not factor in the decision. He'll try to come out with a win when he hits the road with his 3.73 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 51/27 K/BB ratio (82 innings) for a date with these same Cardinals next time out.
Jul 21 - 11:18 PM

Javier Baez was ejected from Saturday's nightcap against the Cardinals for arguing a check swing call.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was ejected along with Baez, who didn't like a called strike on a check swing in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ben Zobrist took over for Baez at the keystone.
Jul 21 - 9:06 PM

Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 and scored a pair of runs on Saturday, leading the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals in the first game of their doubleheader.

The veteran utilityman isn't hitting for power, or running much, but he continues to get on base and set the table for his teammates. With his four-hit attack, Zobrist is slashing .296/.387/.420, though it comes with only six homers, 38 RBI and three stolen bases.
Jul 21 - 4:34 PM

Javier Baez filled up the stat sheet as the Cubs topped the Cardinals in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Baez also scored a run and stole a base in the contest. His RBI double in the seventh inning increased the Cubs' edge to 4-2. He's having a phenomenal season at the dish, hitting .295/.328/.564 with 19 homers, 63 runs scored, 74 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
Jul 21 - 4:32 PM

Tommy La Stella filled in admirably for Kris Bryant in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

La Stella capped off the damage in the contest, delivering a two-run single in the seventh inning to increase the Cubs' lead to 7-2. He has done a nice job in his limited action this season, slashing .282/.342/.327 with 16 RBI.
Jul 21 - 4:30 PM


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