Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs Szczur to DL "Matt Szczur was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a mild right hamstring strain and Ryan Kalish called up from Triple-A Iowa. Szczur was injured during a double steal attempt Monday night in the fifth inning. He was on third base when David Ross, who was on first, broke for..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Maddon: We're not going to tolerate beanballs

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs won't be pushed around. A day after the Pittsburgh Pirates plunked two Cubs players in a 7-2 Chicago win, manager Joe Maddon aired out his feelings about how things transpired. To Maddon, this had nothing to do with a rivalry. It was about a young pitcher (Kyle Lobstein)..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Cubs in Pirates’ heads? Come on, it’s only May

    Chicago Sun-Times "It took the Cubs less than nine innings back in Pittsburgh for all the high emotion and bad blood to resurface from last October’s wild-card playoff game that resulted in a bench-clearing incident on the way to a one-sided Cubs victory. It’s barely May, but the Cubs and Pirates made it clear in..." May 03

  • Cubs' Hammel improves record to 4-0

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Jason Hammel did not pitch very long but he was able to keep his record perfect. Hammel lasted just one batter into the sixth inning but raised his record to 4-0, and Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of doubles as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-2 on Monday night...." May 02

  • The Cubs traveled to Pittsburgh in style

    CBS Sports "The first-place Cubs on Sunday flew to Pittsburgh for the start of a big series against the second-place Pirates. As manager Joe Maddon is wont to do, he encouraged his team -- possibly on pain of imprisonment -- to dress in suits that ranged from fine to sure to whatever. First, the group shot..." May 02

  • Teheran's effort sets up Braves for win over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Julio Teheran may be showing the way forward as the Atlanta Braves seek to dig out after a wretched start. The right-hander had no decision in the Braves' 4-3 10-inning Sunday victory -- Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly in the 10th drove in the decisive run -- but tossed seven shutout..." May 01

  • Cubs' Ross says past users created current PED suspicions

    The Score "David Ross played up the recent Jake Arrieta-Stephen A. Smith war of words to perfection when he asked why nobody accuses him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. That was all fun and games, though. On Friday, the Chicago Cubs catcher wasn't laughing when he made much more pointed comments..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs reportedly far apart on long-term deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Stud right-hander Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs has looked like the most dominant pitcher in Major League Baseball this year. With a 5-0 record to go along with a 1.00 ERA, a 0.78 WHIP, and 32 strikeouts in his first five starts, Arrieta is somehow managing to top a 2015 campaign in which he..." April 30

  • Szczur's slam helps Cubs win fourth straight game

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Matt Szczur's exuberance as he rounded the bases perfectly matched the impact of his first career grand slam on Friday. The Chicago Cubs left fielder put an exclamation point on a five-run eighth inning as Chicago went on to a 6-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of a..." April 29

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein: Comments linking Jake Arrieta, PEDs 'ridiculous'

    ESPN "Cubs president Theo Epstein came to the defense of Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta on Thursday regarding "accusations" of potential performance-enhancing drug use. "I saw the clip of essentially an accusation on the ESPN morning show [First Take]," Epstein told the Kap & Co. Show on ESPN 1000 in..." April 29

  • Kris Bryant dealing with mild ankle sprain, Cubs say

    Chicago Tribune "Slugger Kris Bryant left the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Brewers after the fourth inning Thursday with a "mild" right ankle sprain, the team said. Bryant later had an MRI on the ankle, and manager Joe Maddon wouldn't speculate on the potential severity of the injury, although the Cubs emphasized..." April 29

  • Cubs' Arrieta gives up run but wins again

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta wasn't his sharpest and Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon saw no point in keeping his right-handed ace on the mound past five innings on Thursday. Still, Arrieta was good enough even in a short outing to improve to 5-0 in the Cubs' 7-2 victory over the Milwaukee..." April 28

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Montero to DL. Lower back tightness. Federowicz to come up from Iowa. #Cubs

  • Jake Arrieta and the Cubs aren't close to an extension

    SB Nation "Jake Arrieta is pretty good at that whole pitching thing. It took him some time -- and an escape from Baltimore's notoriously inept pitcher development program -- to get to that point, but he's very obviously here and here to stay. Arrieta won the NL Cy Young in 2015, and he's been even better to..." April 28

  • Greg Maddux Used To Wipe His Ass With His Teammates’ Jerseys Before Returning Them

    BroBible "It’s always the quiet ones that you have to be wary of. While everyone’s paying attention to the loud and obnoxious dude in the clubhouse pretending his baseball bat is his dick, no one is paying any attention to the quiet guy with glasses in the corner who is pissing in the Gatorade. Which is why..." April 28

  • Kris Bryant left the game because he rolled his ankle

    Hardball Talk "Turns out Bryant leaving the game had nothing to do with being hit by two pitches. Rather, when he was running the bases after reaching in the third — the time he reached WITHOUT being hit by a pitch — he rolled his right ankle. It must not be super serious — he stayed in the game for a bit..." April 28

  • Jake Arrieta fires back at Stephen A. Smith on Twitter over PED chatter

    Larry Brown Sports "Jake Arrieta has been destroying hitters everywhere over the past year or so, and naturally, as tends to happen when a once-mediocre ballplayer turns into a world-beater, whispers about PED use began to simmer. Arrieta hit back at those accusations on Tuesday, which led to ESPN’s Stephen A...." April 28

  • Cubs hang on to defeat Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks was sailing along comfortably with a two-hit outing against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday when Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to pull him. Trailing 1-0 and with a chance to break out with a least a run, Maddon lifted Hendricks for pinch hitter Tommy La Stella in..." April 27

  • Arrieta wants Cubs to pay up: 'If they don't want me, somebody will'

    The Score "Jake Arrieta wants to stay with the Chicago Cubs long term, but he won't hesitate to follow the money. Aside from being on a team with World Series aspirations, the right-hander, who is fresh off his second no-hitter, believes he's worth a contract in the six or seven-year range. But if the..." April 27

  • Jake Arrieta sounds off on ‘idiots’ alleging PED use

    USA Today "Jake Arrieta’s dark brown eyes flash that stare that’s become all too familiar to opposing hitters, but instead of rage or indignation, there’s almost empathy. Arrieta, amid the finest 24-start pitching run ever produced in baseball history, has sensed a reluctance from peers and fans to fully..." April 26

  • Britton: Former coach caused Arrieta's struggles with O's

    Yahoo! Sports "During their lowest moments, the four pitchers who were supposed to save the Baltimore Orioles looked at one another and asked a simple question: “What the [expletive] happened?” Zach Britton, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz had spent months “doming each other out mentally,” as Britton put it,..." April 25

  • Cubs dominate Reds again

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Tommy La Stella has appeared in only nine games this season. But, manager Joe Maddon appreciates how he comes to the ballpark every day ready to play. "He understands his role perfectly," Maddon said. "Some guys get annoyed (over lack of playing time). He never gets..." April 24

  • Reds break out of scoring drought, rout Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds were no-hit by Jake Arrieta on Thursday and had only five hits against Jon Lester the following day. But one powerful swing by Eugenio Suarez on Saturday night woke the Reds' offense from its slumber. Suarez and Adam Duvall each hit three-run home runs as..." April 23

  • Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Clayton Kershaw … and Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Sun-Times "With his second no-hitter in eight months Thursday, Jake Arrieta (4-0, 0.87 ERA) takes a 19-inning scoreless streak into his next start, along with these numbers: 15-0, 0.53: Arrieta’s record and ERA in his last 16 regular-season starts (119 1/3 IP). 20-1, 0.86: Arrieta’s record and ERA in..." April 23

  • Cubs stay hot, bury Reds 8-1

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't a big fan of taking batting practice on the field on a daily basis. Despite having a lot of guys off to slow starts, it's been at least three games since the Cubs have taken BP. Based on their performance in the first two contests in..." April 22

  • Fan crashes Arrieta's on-field no-hit celebration

    CBS Sports "Cubs ace Jake Arrieta twirled a no-hitter against the Reds in Cincinnati on Thursday night, and, as you might expect, a healthy contingent of Cubs fans was in attendance. In the case of one Modern Buccaneer, he decided to flout local ordinances and become -- for a fleeting few seconds -- part of..." April 22

  • Shirts with Cubs' slogan become issue at Cards' Busch Stadium

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Chicago Cubs easily lead the league in fashion statements, with manager Joe Maddon’s propensity for turning his slogans into T-shirts. And one of his designs has prompted the Cardinals to rethink a policy at Busch Stadium. During the Cubs’ first visit to St. Louis this season, ushers have..." April 22

  • Cubs' Arrieta no-hits Reds in 16-0 win

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- On this date three years ago, Jake Arrieta, then a member of the Baltimore Orioles, was sent to the minor leagues after allowing five runs and walking five in four innings to raise his ERA to 6.63. However, the right-hander's confidence never wavered. "Regardless of how long it..." April 21

  • Rob Manfred says MLB expansion coming 'in the longer term'

    Sporting News "While acknowledging that having 32 teams in Major League Baseball would make scheduling easier than the current 30-team setup in which daily interleague play is required, commissioner Rob Manfred is being careful not to get anyone’s hopes up too high that a new team soon will be coming to their..." April 21

  • Cardinals take series finale against Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez says he owes Randal Grichuk dinner after the St. Louis Cardinals' flight lands Thursday in San Diego. The rest of Martinez's teammates owe him something as well after his performance temporarily cooled the red-hot Chicago Cubs. Allowing just three hits in..." April 20

  • Heyward not surprised by racial slurs: I've heard it before

    The Score "After a report surfaced Tuesday that Jason Heyward was a target for racial slurs upon his return to Busch Stadium in St. Louis, the outfielder addressed the concern and made a shocking revelation. "No," Heyward told reporters after being asked if he heard the slurs from Cardinals fans. "But..." April 20

  • Royals GM drove hours to hand-deliver Zobrist's championship ring

    CBS Sports "Dayton Moore's time as Royals general manager has inspired plenty of criticism -- criticism that, though it looks silly following consecutive pennants and a World Series win, was often merited. Yet it's worth remembering that Moore's moral fiber was praised all the way through -- even when his..." April 20

  • MLB remains unbalanced as female umpires strike out

    The Sports Quotient "In 2015, the NFL introduced its first female referee into the league and joined the NBA as the only two major professional sports with women officiating regular-season games. Although female participation in all levels of professional sports has increased since the passing of Title IX almost 40..." April 19

  • John Lackey has now defeated all 30 MLB teams

    Hardball Talk "Cubs starter John Lackey dazzled in Monday’s start against the Cardinals, tossing seven shutout innings on four hits and a walk with 11 strikeouts. He moves to 3-0 on the year with a 3.66 ERA and a 22/5 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. Lackey also finally defeated the Cardinals for the first time..." April 19

  • Report alleges Heyward was greeted by racial taunts at Busch

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Raw audio picked up by crowd microphones during the Cardinals-Cubs game at Busch Stadium allegedly caught fans taunting right fielder and ex-Cardinal Jason Heyward with a racial slur, The New York Daily News asserted in citing Twitter claims of four viewers. ESPN officials have reviewed the..." April 19

  • Trades MLB Teams Should Already Be Thinking About for 2016

    Bleacher Report "Though they're rare, trades in the first few weeks of an MLB season do occasionally take place. We need only look back to last season for evidence, as Atlanta traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego just a few games after Opening Day. So it's never too early to start looking at..." April 19

  • Lackey pitches Cubs to shutout win over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan, now a sports talk show host in town, referred to Chicago Cubs pitcher John Lackey as an old man during his show on Monday. Lackey issued his rebuttal in front of a bi-partisan sellout crowd Monday night. Firing a four-hit..." April 18

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Kyle Schwarber to have surgery this week, per Maddon.

  • Return of Jason Heyward, John Lackey to St. Louis fuels Cubs-Cardinals rivalry

    ESPN "The rivalry between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals takes center stage on Monday night as the first of 19 games between the National League Central foes features two former Cardinals returning to the city they called home last season. Starter John Lackey will be on the mound for the..." April 18

  • Chatwood outpitches Lester as Rockies down Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Tyler Chatwood hasn't had many games like this. In fact, the Colorado Rockies right hander has barely pitched at all since April 29, 2014, and subsequent Tommy John surgery that cost him nearly two seasons. But Chatwood displayed a full recovery in Sunday's third start of..." April 17

  • Which manager is the likeliest to get fired?

    MLB Daily Dish "As the season gets underway, an inevitable outcome is that various teams don't meet their expectations. That can mean a number of different things such as a subpar record, or young players failing to take the next step. Regardless of what the exact reason is, failing to meet predetermined goals..." April 16

  • Kevin Costner wants to do a movie about the Cubs ""Bull Durham." "Field of Dreams." "Chasing Dreams," the family baseball drama that we swear is real. Kevin Costner has already starred in a lifetime's worth of iconic baseball movies. But, even though it's been over 15 years since he last took the field, he still has one more hardball film left in..." April 16

  • Bettis pitches Rockies past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chad Bettis continues to impress in his second season as a Colorado Rockies starter. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed three hits in six shutout innings and successfully nursed a one-run lead into the sixth as the Rockies claimed a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Friday's..." April 15

  • Red-hot Cubs off to best start since 1969

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs are living up to the hype early. Thursday's drubbing of the Cincinnati Reds, which completed a sweep of their home-opening series, upped the World Series favorites' record to 8-1 - their best start to a season since 1969. This Cubs team's hot start has been helped by a..." April 15

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    Day baseball returns to Wrigley Field! #LetsGo

  • Hammel, Cubs stymie Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jason Hammel notched his first win of the season with a strong outing and added a run-scoring double as four Chicago Cubs pitchers combined to shut down the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. "(Hammel) pitched out of some moments there and did really well, and the bullpen was..." April 15